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Emergency Alert System test on September 28, 2016

640px-fema_logoTurn on your television to participate in a Emergency Alert System (EAS) test on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 2:20 PM EDT. A message will appear on broadcast, cable or satellite channels on your television, indicating that the test is undergoing.

The test will be conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in partnership with the FCC.  If rescheduling is necessary, the alternate test date is October 5, 2016.

In addition to television, the EAS test will be broadcast through other ways:

  • Radio broadcast stations;
  • Wireline video systems;
  • Digital audio radio service providers

fcc-logo_tealThe FCC Public Safety Support Center welcomes feedback on the accessibility of this test.  If you observe any problems about this test, or have feedback about the test, please submit your comments at:   https://www.fcc.gov/general/public-safety-support-center.

The EAS test will gauge the reliability, accessibility, and effectiveness of the EAS. The emergencytest message will be transmitted in English and Spanish via audio and text, which can be used to create an accessible video crawl to ensure that all members of the public will be able to access this emergency test.

From Claude Stout, TDI Executive Director:

TDI encourages you to take the time to check the EAS test on one of your channels on September 28 at 2:20 p.m.  We have worked closely with the FCC to make sure that any future EAS alerts are fully accessible to Americans who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Let us know if the alert test worked for you or not.  The more feedback the FCC gets, the better picture it has on its success in all parts of the nation.  Some areas may be doing good, while others are not.  No matter where you live in America, you must get a reliable EAS alert.

For more information, please contact Austin Randazzo, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, at (202) 418-1462 or Austin.Randazzo@fcc.gov.  For those using videophones and fluent in American Sign Language, you may call the ASL Consumer Support Line at 844‐432‐2275.

Links to the Public Notice:

Web:  https://www.fcc.gov/document/pshsb-announces-nationwide-eas-test-september-28-2016

Word:  https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-803A1.docx

PDF:  http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2016/db0718/DA-16-803A1.pdf

Text:  https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-803A1.txt