* In April, EAS will be
part of the Earthquake preparedness
drill. Since that will occur in
the daytime, March has been switched
to a nighttime test. The preparedness drill
will occur between 9:45 and 10:00 AM (date and
time are determined by the State).
must run between local sunset and 8:30 AM. Nighttime
tests are no longer scheduled in the middle of the night so
people with weather radios will not be disturbed by their
radios being activated by an RMT. The schedule
deviates from the Originator Schedule in the State EAS Plan
so that local areas are not responsible for all nighttime
tests. The State DEM will not activate in the middle
of the night in consideration of the participants in the
CSEPP program. The NWS will not activate in the middle
of the night in consideration of those people who are
alerted by the tone alert system.
May, the RMT will include Pierce
County's annual Lahar test (1st Tuesday of the month; 10
AM Central Puget Sound area).
September test will run as part
of the NWS tsunami
communications drill for Alaska
and the West Coast; and the State's Drop, Cover and Hold
earthquake drill (date and time determined by NWS and State
EMD). It is
also "Weather Radio Awareness
Month," so NWS will originate
the monthly RMT.
October test coincides with
a FEMA-required activation and
survey of tone-alert radios
in Franklin and Benton Counties.
*****Exact times are shown. This will help traffic,
programming, and operations
for the incoming test.
May and September tests deviate from the standard test
pattern (day/night, first full week of the month) due to
scheduling of the earthquake preparedness drill in April,
the lahar drill in May and the tsunami drill in September
stations and cable systems have 1 hour to forward an RMT
after receiving it.