This section contains information on the Emergency Alert System, a resilient form of emergency alert notification, and the National EAS Test that was designed to assess the President’s ability to send a message to the American people within 10 minutes of a disaster.
Background on the Emergency Alert System (EAS)
Resilient public alert and warning tools are essential to save lives and protect property during times of national, state, regional and local emergencies. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) is used by alerting authorities to send warnings via broadcast, cable, satellite and wireline communications pathways. EAS participants, which consist of broadcast, cable, satellite and wireless providers, are the stewards of this important public service in close partnership with alerting officials at all levels of government. The EAS is also used when all other means of alerting the public are unavailable, providing an added layer of resiliency to the suite of available emergency communication tools. FEMA constantly works to improve the EAS is to better ensure seamless integration of CAP-based and emerging technologies.
Results from the 2017 Nationwide Test
The results from the September 27, 2017 nationwide test are available. Click here to view the 2017 IPAWS EAS National Test Report.
EAS Best Practices Guide
The EAS Best Practices Guide was created in partnership with EAS participants to support incremental improvements by providing basic guidelines for EAS operation and maintenance.