Emergency alert test going out to mobile phones nationwide

FEMA to test emergency alert system Wednesday

"The alert is expected to surface at 2:18 Eastern time, and will be sent out over 100 carriers including Sprint and AT&T". This is just a test, and it has been planned for some time.

Cell towers will broadcast the WEA test for approximately 30 minutes beginning at 2:18 p.m. EDT. "No action is needed".

The Presidential Alert was originally scheduled to be sent out September 20, but was postponed because FEMA was preoccupied with "response efforts to Hurricane Florence".

Remember when the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) revealed last month that they would be testing something called a "Presidential Alert" that, in effect, would allow President Donald Trump to send a short message to every single wireless user in the country? It's only a test-but you can't opt out. The message will have an audible tone, and the text will read, "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System". Therefore, if you have a smartphone capable of receiving WEA alerts, your phone will receive the alert.

The nationwide test will pop a message box up on your phone, accompanied by a tone and vibration. This system is used to notify the public about "dangerous weather, missing children, and other regionally critical situations through alerts on cellular phones", the release said. Some cell phones will receive the message; others will not.

The EAS is a national public warning system that provides the President with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency.

A photo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency shows what the alert will look like for a nationwide test scheduled for October 3, 2018. "No action is required".

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