The FCC has extended the filling date for the EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS) form one to February 28, 2023. This is required to be filed annually, but due to delays in testing the National EAS via a National Periodic Test (NPT) in 2022, the Commission moved the 2022 filing to the new date. The delay was due to continuing Covid-19 issues.
Federal Emergency Management Agency has not yet posted a date for the next national test, but unofficial comments indicate the NPT may occur during the first part of 2023.
The extension will also enable the FCC to implement certain technical improvements to ETRS before opening it for filing. The FCC plans to open ETRS for Form One filings on January 3, 2023 and will provide details by future Public Notice.
As a reminder, the EAS Test Reporting System is an online filing system by which EAS participants submit information regarding their performance on nationwide tests of the EAS that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Commission conduct regularly to assess the reliability and effectiveness of the nation’s alert and warning infrastructure.