Alaska EAS EAN Test: Success


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Anchorage, AK - Jan 6, 2010 - At 10 a.m. Alaska time, a test of the Emergency Alert System was sent to the state of Alaska using the Emergency Action Notification code. Many broadcasters outside Alaska were curious how the test would proceed, and some wondered if it would propagate beyond Alaska. It appears that the test went well and was contained as expected.

Gary Timm, broadcast chairman of the Wisconsin SECC, posted the following to the SBE EAS Exchange remailer:

Here is what I heard listening to NPR station KSKA Internet streaming:

Just before the top of the hour, a KSKA announcer read a script very similar to the script used in the TV PSA. They then went to NPR News at 10AM Local Time.

10 seconds after 10 a.m., NPR News started, the EAS Code ran.

A somewhat thin, but completely intelligible, voice announced something like (not an exact quote):
This is the FEMA Operations Center. Standby for the Presidential Communications Officer.
Test... test... test... This is a test of the Emergency Alert System. The message you are hearing is part of a live code test of National Emergency Alert System capabilities limited to the State of Alaska only. This test message has been initiated by National Alert and Warning authorities in coordination with State of Alaska authorities and broadcasters in your area. If this had been an actual emergency, the Attention Signal you just heard would have been followed by official information or instructions.

(The paragraph above was repeated several times.)

Conclusion: This concludes this test as of 14:05 hours. Stations can now resume normal programming.

Then EOM was sent.

This alert took 3 minutes, 20 seconds from Header Code start to EOM end.

Then 15 seconds later, the Header Code ran again. It was followed by an entire repeat of the alert, with very noisy audio. That alert was obviously received on an EAS Receiver and relayed. The audio was quite poor quality. That alert took 3 minutes, 45 seconds. KSKA then returned to normal programming.

I'm not sure if a duplicate EAN is supposed to be detected and ignored, or if any and all EANs, including repeats, are to be relayed. I don't believe that is addressed in Part 11.

In any event, it appears the test worked, as I heard a relay of it, meaning it was circulating in the Alaska EAS network.



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