Latest edition of FCC Handbook features blank spaces galore to be filled in by EAS participants themselves.
Two days after we posted a reminder about the upcoming deadline for EAS participants to (a) register on the Commission’s new EAS Test Reporting System and (b) submit their Form Ones (or should that be “Forms One”?) through that system, the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau has done likewise. And, as a bonus, the Bureau also released the latest and greatest edition of its EAS Operating Handbook … although it reads more like a Mad Libs book than an instruction manual.
In a public notice the Bureau has reminded one and all of not only the August 26 deadline (for registration and Form One), but also the follow-up deadlines for Form Two (September 28, 2016) and Form Three (November 14, 2016). (It also mentions in passing a “secondary test date” currently set for October 5, 2016 at 2:20 p.m.)
Note in particular the Form Two deadline. Since, as we all know, the next nationwide EAS test is currently scheduled for 2:20 p.m. on September 28, EAS participants will have less than 10 hours – i.e., from the end of the test sometime after 2:20 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. on September 28 – to get Form Two filed. Plan accordingly, but rest assured that Form Two shouldn’t take long to complete: according to a Bureau-provided preview, Form Two merely asks two yes/no questions, i.e., whether (a) you received the message and (b) you retransmitted it.
As noted above, the Bureau has also announced the release of the Commission’s new and (theoretically) improved EAS Operating Handbook. A copy of the Handbook is included as an attachment to the public notice, or you can find it here. Particular attention should be paid to this. Continue Reading