REMINDER: Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test Will Be Conducted August 11, 2021

The FCC has released a Public Notice reminding all Emergency Alert System (EAS) Participants, as well as Participating Commercial Mobile Service (CMS) Providers and the public, that the FCC in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct a nationwide test of the EAS and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) at 2:20 p.m. EDT on August 11, 2021. (The backup date will be August 25, 2021). The Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system delivers critical warnings and information to the public on their wireless devices. Participation by wireless providers is voluntary, but those that offer the service must adhere to the technical and operational requirements established by the FCC; the opt-in WEA Alerts will also be conducted on August 11, 2021.

EAS Participants must file Form Two, providing “day of test” data, in the EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS) on or before August 12, 2021.

EAS Participants must file ETRS Form Three, providing detailed post-test data, on or before September 27, 2021.

Additional information, including instructional videos and answers to frequently asked questions about entering data into the ETRS forms, can be found at https://www.fcc.gov/general/eas-test-reporting-system.

If you have any further questions regarding this matter, please contact Dee Herman at dee@hermanwhiteaker.com or Colleen von Hollen at cvonhollen@hermanwhiteaker.com.