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Broadcasters release 2018 Emergency Alert System Required Monthly Test Schedule

The last Required Monthly Test (RMT) of the Texas Emergency Alert System (EAS) for 2017 took place Tuesday morning.  The Primary Entry Point (PEP) stations that originate the Texas EAS RMT have released the 2018 RMT schedule.

Stations can review and download the 2018 EAS RMT schedule here and also can access the FCC’s EAS Handbook there.  WBAP-AM Dallas-Fort Worth and KTRH-AM Houston set the schedule annually.  TAB posts this information on our website so stations will know in advance when the tests will take place.

In accordance with the Texas State EAS Plan, the PEP stations initiate the RMT on the Tuesday of the first full week of each month.  Although it does not happen in 2018, if the RMT were to fall on a holiday, the Texas State EAS Plan dictates the test will take place on the following Wednesday.  The RMT occurs during a two-hour window for each month as set forth in the schedule.

In accordance with the FCC’s Tests of EAS Procedures regulations, the RMT occurs during the daytime or nighttime depending on whether it is an even or odd month.  Apart from the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston EAS regions, other Texas EAS regions receive the RMT via either a daisy chain relay of broadcast stations or by the Texas State Networks’ satellite dissemination.

If a station doesn’t receive the RMT, the FCC requires station staff to make “a good faith effort” to determine why it was not received.  This is as simple as making an inquiry with either of the local primary stations for that EAS region and noting the inquiry details in the station’s EAS log.

The EAS RMTs are conducted by broadcasters, not TAB.  TAB does not receive EAS tests and cannot advise whether a local RMT was received and forwarded to stations in a particular EAS region.  It is best, instead, for stations to contact their local primary stations directly for this information.

Questions?  Contact TAB's Michael Schneider or call (512) 322-9944.

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