October 22, 2014

MCTA Member Companies Promoting the National EAS Test

The National Cable Telecommunications Association has been working closely with representatives of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) to promote awareness of the first-ever nationwide test of an Emergency Action Notification under the Emergency Alert System (EAS).

This test will be conducted on November 9, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and managed jointly by the FCC and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Further information about the test can be found on the FCC’s website here: www.fcc.gov/nationwideeastest.

The FCC produced a set of Public Service Announcements (PSAs) in 15 second versions. Each PSA is available in English and Spanish, in open and closed caption versions. A 30 second English closed caption version is also available.

View the PSAs on the FCC’s website. Spots will begin running on Monday, October 24 and conclude before 2 p.m. EST on Wednesday, November 9. Downloadable broadcast-ready copies are available on the NCTA Web Site.

The EAS test is designed to span ALL channels on a cable line-up. Therefore, cable networks are asked to consider running one version of the PSA at least several times a day from October 24 through November 9; and that cable systems consider running the spots several times a day on as many insertable channels as possible, through the same period of time.