On July 7, 2021, the FCC released a Public Notice reminding Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) participants of their obligation to ensure that EAS and WEA alerts are accessible to viewers with disabilities.  

The Public Notice includes a reminder about the upcoming nationwide EAS and WEA test on August 11, 2021, at 2:20 p.m. EDT, with a back-up date of August 25, 2021.

The Public Notice also encourages the public to provide feedback on EAS and WEA tests, including any accessibility problems with EAS and WEA tests.  Accessibility complaints may be filed at www.fcc.gov/accessibilitycomplaintsform.  General feedback about the EAS and WEA test should be directed to the FCC’s Public Safety Support Center at https://www.fcc.gov/general/public-safety-support-center and submitted through the “Alerting Test Feedback” form.

Public Notice:
URL:     https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-reminds-providers-issue-accessible-emergency-alerts  
Word:  https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-798A1.docx  
PDF:     https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-798A1.pdf  
Text:    https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-798A1.txt

For more information on alerting accessibility requirements, visit the FCC’s EAS Accessibility FAQs page (https://www.fcc.gov/eas-faq-accessibility) and the FCC’s WEA Accessibility FAQs page (https://www.fcc.gov/wea-accessibility).  For accessibility questions regarding the EAS and WEA tests, please contact Bill Wallace at William.Wallace@fcc.gov or (202) 418-2716. Individuals who are fluent in ASL may call the ASL Consumer Support Line at (844) 432‐2275 (videophone).

Friday, July 9, 2021