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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Seattle WA
600 PM PDT Sun Sep 24 2017

...National EAS Test On September 27th At 1120 AM PDT...

...NWS Seattle To Relay This National EAS Test On Western Washington
NOAA Weather Stations...

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has set a date for
the next National Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test: September 27th
at 1120 AM PDT. A secondary date in case there is an actual
emergency or weather event that day is October 4th at 1120 AM PDT.

The purpose of this test is to assess the reliability and
effectiveness of the EAS nationwide. All TV, cable TV and radio
broadcasters will participate in the test and offer their feedback
to FEMA and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with a focus
on the lessons learned from the 2016 National EAS Test. The test
message will not be relayed through cell phone networks.

NOAA Weather Radio is an all-hazards warning system for homes,
schools, businesses, health care facilities, places of worship and
more. A NOAA Weather Radio receiver is similar to a smoke detector,
sounding a life-saving alarm when an EAS message is received and
alerting you to the initial audio warning message. For the hearing
impaired, many weather radio receivers offer strobe light and pillow
shaker attachments.

National Weather Service (NWS) EAS warning messages include tornado,
flash flood, tsunami, major flood, major wind storm, and blizzard
warnings. There are 17 non-weather related EAS warning messages too.
They include Amber Alerts, Area Evacuations, Hazardous Material
Warnings, 911 Outages, and Fire Warnings.

NWS Seattle plans to relay this National EAS Test for the first time
with Special Area Message Encoding (SAME) over all seven of their
NOAA Weather Radio stations serving much of Western Washington on
September 27th at about 1120 AM PDT. The seven stations have
transmitters in the areas around Olympia, Seattle, Port Townsend,
Bellingham, Neah Bay, Forks, and Morton, reaching over 95 percent of
the region`s population.

The new National Periodic Test (NPT) EAS Event Code was implemented
in 2015 by the FCC. As a result, note that only the newest NWR
receivers will display the "National Periodic Test" wording on those
receivers with a text screen. Most SAME-equipped NWR receivers
produced prior to 2015 will activate for the test with the text
screen likely displaying wording such as `Unrecognized Message" or
"Unknown Message."

Similarly for those who have an option to select SAME event codes
on your receiver, only the most newly-manufactured NWR receivers
will see the NPT event code in the list of available codes. In
addition, some receivers may have the NPT event code turned off for
audible alarming, but can be turned on by the user.

For specific questions about how your NWR receiver may function for
this test, please contact your NWR receiver manufacturer.
Manufacturer points of contact are offered at:

As part of National Preparedness Month, the staff at NWS Seattle
highly recommends that all citizens, organizations, schools and
houses of worship consider obtaining a SAME-equipped NOAA Weather
Radio receiver as a part of your preparedness kit. NOAA Weather
Radio is a life-saver for the cost of a pair of shoes. This national
test will help the country be more ready in case a national
emergency arises.

If you have any questions or would like to provide feedback after
the test is completed, please feel free to contact NWS Seattle
Warning Coordination Meteorologist Ted Buehner at 206-526-6095 x223.

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