EAS

Georgia’s radio and television stations are our state’s first line of emergency notification, whether the situation involves severe weather, civil defense, missing persons, or law enforcement emergencies.

The Georgia Association of Broadcasters, with member input, worked with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/GEMA and created Georgia’s Emergency Alert System. GAB serves as a clearinghouse for all technical, operational and testing information concerning Emergency Systems in Georgia.

GAB has worked closely with our partners at GEMA, GBI, NOAA, GPB and the Governor’s Office to ensure that Georgia’s EAS plan is easy to follow for broadcasters.

The GAB, in a partnership with GEMA and GBI has created a State of Georgia Emergency Alert System (EAS) plan which outlines procedures, which you can view by CLICKING HERE

Through the GAB, you are also able to join our AlertNewsNet service, which disseminates timely information via email on missing persons including images. To join this list, contact GAB.


EAS Monthly Tests

Statewide tests of the Emergency Alert System will be conducted as prescribed by the FCC and the Georgia EAS Plan.

Tests will be between:

  • 8:00pm and sunrise in even months
  • 8:00am and sunset in odd months

Stations do not have to run a weekly test in those weeks with RMT.

Tests will be conducted on the THIRD WEDNESDAY of the month at the times listed below.  All stations should receive the test no later than THIRTY minutes following the time listed.

ALL STATIONS MUST FORWARD A REQUIRED MONTHLY TEST WITHIN 15 MINUTES OF RECEIPT PER FCC RULES (Part 11).

2019 EAS Schedule:

DATE TIME
January 17* 11:45 AM
February 20 10:45 PM
March 20 12:45 PM
April 17 12:45 AM
May 15 1:45 PM
June 19 1:45 AM
July 17 2:45 PM
August 21 2:45 AM
September 18 3:45 PM
October 16 3:45 AM
November 20 4:45 PM
December 18 4:45 AM
On the week that there is a monthly test, no weekly test is required.

RELAY STATIONS

Who should my station monitor for EAS Tests/Activations?
LP1 State Primary Regional Relay Stations
LP2 National Relay Stations

TESTING DETAILS

All participating broadcast stations must conduct tests of the Emergency Alert System at regular intervals, as specified in FCC rules and regulations. Additional tests may be performed at any time, and activations or special tests may be performed in lieu of required tests.

WEEKLY TESTS-Origination

All broadcast stations must originate at least one test each week (RWT), consisting of the Header Codes and the EOM Codes. These tests must be conducted at random days and times. If a station is unable to originate a RWT, an explanation must be made in the station records.

RECEPTION

All stations must successfully decode at least one RWT from each monitored source each week. There must be one test from the monitored LP-1 station and one test from the monitored LP-2 station, plus one test from the IPAWS CAP source. If a station fails to receive any of these tests, the station is required to investigate the cause and make appropriate entries in the station records.

MONTHLY TESTS

All stations are required to forward one test each month (RMT). These tests are originated at the state level, and consist of the Header Codes, Attention Signal, Test Script, and EOM Codes. These tests must be forwarded within 60 minutes of being received. If a station fails to receive a monthly test, the cause must be determined and appropriate entries must be made in the station records. A weekly test is not required during the same week that a monthly test is conducted.

NATIONAL TESTS

National tests will be scheduled by the FCC in consultation with FEMA. Stations will be notified at least two months prior to a scheduled national test, and all stations must relay the test. The results of this test must be logged and provided to the FCC within 45 days following the test. This test will replace the Required Weekly Test and Required Monthly test in the week and month in which it occurs.

FEMA has announced that the 2019 National Periodic Test (NPT) will issued Wednesday, August 7 at 2:20 PM EDT (18:20 GMT). The alternate date is Wednesday, August 21, 2019.  

The Bureau also announced that the EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS) is open and accepting 2019 filings.  All EAS Participants are required to do the following:

  • On or before July 3, 2019, all EAS Participants—including Low Power FM stations, Class D non-commercial educational FM stations, and EAS Participants that are silent pursuant to Special Temporary Authority—must renew their identifying information in ETRS Form One unless they fall under one of the following exceptions:
    • Analog and digital low power television stations that operate as television broadcast translator stations are not required to register and file in ETRS.
    • FM broadcast booster stations and FM translator stations which entirely rebroadcast the programming of other local FM broadcast stations are not required to register and file in ETRS.
    • Analog and digital broadcast stations that operate as satellites or repeaters of a hub station and rebroadcast 100 percent of the programming of the hub station are not required to register and file in ETRS; however, the hub station (or common studio or control point) is required to register and file in ETRS.

Each EAS Participant should file a separate copy of Form One for each of its EAS decoders, EAS encoders, or units combining such decoder and encoder functions.  For example, if an individual is filing for a broadcaster (or cable headend) that uses two units combining decoder and encoder functions, that individual should file two copies of Form One.

  • On or before 11:59 p.m. EDT, August 7, 2019, EAS Participants must file the “day of test” information sought by ETRS Form Two.
  • On or before September 23, 2019, EAS Participants must file the detailed post-test data sought by ETRS Form Three.

Please contact our office if you have any questions.

ACTIVATIONS

The EAS may be activated for emergencies or special tests at the state or local level, instead of the weekly or monthly tests. To qualify as a monthly test, the activation must include Header Codes, Attention Signal, Emergency Message, and EOM Codes and comply with visual message requirements. To qualify as a weekly test, the activation must include Header Codes and EOM Codes.

SUMMARY

Weekly:

  • Originate at least one RWT
  • Receive at least one RWT from LP-1
  • Receive at least one RWT from LP-2
  • Receive at least one RWT from IPAWS

Monthly:

  • Receive and Forward RMT from GEMA
  • Anyone interested in more details about the EAS can refer to the 47 CFR 11 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
  • Questions about your station(s) EAS responsibilities?  Call GAB at 770-395-7200 today.