“This page is a digitally archived AccessInfo Announcement”

On April 13, 2018, the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) released a final report on the September 27, 2017 nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS).  The report shows that the test was largely a success; however, the report identifies some issues regarding accessibility, and steps to be taken within the next year to remedy these problems.  The steps being taken to ensure accessibility include:

  • Reaching out to specific stations to ensure future coordination of the alert crawl with closed captioning.
  • Revising the EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS) Form Three to ensure the accessibility of the test alert for people with disabilities and non-English speakers.

Links to Final Report:
URL:     https://www.fcc.gov/document/report-2017-nationwide-emergency-alert-system-test
Word:    https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-350223A1.docx
PDF:      https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-350223A1.pdf
Text:      https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-350223A1.txt

For more information, please contact Austin Randazzo, Attorney Advisor, PSHSB, at 202-418-1462 or Austin.Randazzo@fcc.gov.  For those using videophones and fluent in American Sign Language, you may call the ASL Consumer Support Line at 844-432-2275.]

Tuesday, September 24, 2019