FEMA Plans to Conduct Nationwide EAS, WEA Tests

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has asked the FCC for a limited waiver to allow wireless carriers to participate in a nationwide wireless emergency alert (WEA) test on Sept. 20, with a secondary test date of Oct. 3. “This will be the first nationwide test of WEA utilizing the Presidential level code,” FEMA said in an ex parte filing yesterday in PS dockets 15-91 and 15-94. “This test is necessary because it will determine if carrier WEA configuration, systems, and networks can and will process a Presidential WEA delivering the message via all WEA enabled cell sites with minimal latency.”

FEMA said it also wants to conduct the fourth nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) test the same day.

Courtesy TRDaily