Monroe Electronics & Digital Alert Systems Preparing for the National EAS Test in September 2017
 

Preparing for the National EAS Test in September 2017

 

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has scheduled an EAS National Periodic Test (NPT) for
Wednesday Sept. 27 at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The following bulletin provides a few reminders regarding the set-up for your DASDEC / One-Net in advance of this national test.

 

OVERVIEW OF THE 2017 NATIONAL EAS TEST

This test will be originated and distributed in the same manner as the previous 2016 National Test. This means:

•  The test will use the NPT (National Periodic Test) code
•  The NPT will be targeted to the entire U.S., using the 000000 geocode
•  The NPT will be initiated over the Internet using the FEMA IPAWS OPEN CAP feed, HOWEVER, there is a possibility your facility will     receive the NPT from a broadcast EAS source before the IPAWS message due to the polling time of your DASDEC / One-Net.
•  The NPT will be multilingual, with both English and Spanish messages.
 

PREPARING FOR THE NATIONAL EAS TEST

All EAS Participants are required to receive the NPT message from IPAWS OPEN (CAP via the Internet) or off-air (via a traditional EAS monitoring station) then relay the NPT message on-air “immediately upon receipt” using their normal studio EAS equipment. The message will be sent with both English and Spanish language text and audio.

1. Your DASDEC/One-Net is usually time-synchronized over the network. However, it is best to verify the correct local time.
2. Verify both your conventional EAS monitoring sources, and your CAP IPAWS settings. If your DASDEC/One-Net has been correctly     receiving the IPAWS Required Weekly Test (RWT) Mondays at 11:00 AM local time, then it is most likely configured properly.
3. DASDEC/One-Net's with Version 3.x are programmed to automatically relay the NPT, with 000000 national geocode, immediately     upon receipt, nonetheless, this may be a good time to double check your local FIPS settings, to ensure only the FIPS for your local     operational area are programmed into the DASDEC/One-Net for NPT transmission.

Refer to the links in the table below. for additional information.

 
  For V3.0 users For v2.6 users Earlier versions

One-Net
NPT application notes

http://www.monroe-electronics.com/EAS_pages/pdf/APNDAS-1609.pdf http://www.monroe-electronics.com/EAS_pages/pdf/APNME-140.pdf  
DASDEC
NPT application notes
http://www.digitalalertsystems.com/pdf/APNDAS-1609.pdf http://www.digitalalertsystems.com/pdf/APNDAS-140.pdf
Software updates No updates. Recommend upgrading to v3.0

Must update your software

NPT event code Automatically set in v3.0 Must be added to the list of event codes to be forwarded
000000 geocode Automatically set in v3.0. 

Double check the FIPS codes are relevant to your operational area, and does not include codes out of your area.  The NPT can be geotargeted to local areas, as well as nationally.
Must be added to the list of forwarded FIPS codes.  Also, double check the FIPS codes are relevant to your operational area, and does not include codes out of your area.  The NPT can be geotargeted to local areas, as well as nationally..
Transmission immediately upon receipt V3.0 will automatically forward the NPT, immediately upon receipt V3.0 requires the NPT to be set for auto-forwarding.  Note the NPT will not be transmitted immediately upon receipt, but will be forwarded upon capture of the entire message.
Spanish language users Users with the multilingual option enabled may choose to transmit the NPT in English - or - Spanish.  The default setting is to transmit the English message only. Users with the multilingual option enabled may choose to transmit the NPT in English - or - Spanish.  The default setting is to transmit the English message only.
 
NATIONAL EAS TEST REPORTING REQUIEMENTS

Remember that you must file on the FCC’s Electronic Test Reporting System but before the test (Form 1), immediately after the test (Form 2), and as a followup (Form 3).  Filers can access the ETRS home page by visiting the ETRS page of the Commission's website.  Instructions for setting a new user name and password as well as filing the proper forms are available on the ETRS site.  www.fcc.gov/general/eas-test-reporting-system

 

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