'Presidential Alert' Test on Cell Phones Set for Wednesday

Most US cell phones to receive 'Presidential Alert' text on Wednesday

According to FEMA, the WEA test message will have a header that reads "Presidential Alert".

Emergency officials sending out an alert about a pending disaster need only issue one alert with the IPAWS technology.

The countrywide test, a joint effort of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission, will use the same tone and vibration as tornado warning and AMBER Alert warnings. Previous EAS national tests were conducted in November 2011, September 2016 and September 2017 in collaboration with the FCC, broadcasters, and emergency management officials in recognition of FEMA's National Preparedness Month.

A text from President Trump will come to most phones on Wednesday.

Users will not be able to block or otherwise opt out of the test "Presidential Alert" message. A similar wireless emergency alert test message has been sent to all cellphones nationwide. The TV and radio alert has been tested for several years.

The goal of Wednesday's test is to check how well the system works and iron out any wrinkles that do crop up, so that it works properly in the event of a national emergency. Of course, you're cutting off all communication for your phone so you won't get any calls or other messages.

Your cell phone will receive a national alert today, October 3, at around 2:18 pm ET.

The lawsuit compares the alert system to "hijacking private property for the goal of planting a Government-controlled loudspeaker in the home and on the person of every American".

Cell phones that are turned on and in the range of a cell tower should receive the test message, which will be broadcast for 30 minutes. It is similar to monthly tests of the system the public is accustomed to hearing. However, officials said this is on your cell carrier's end.

Unlike other types of emergency alerts, the presidential alert is created to let the White House inform the entire country nearly instantly of grave public emergencies, such as a terrorist attack or an invasion, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Redlener says "these are not powers many Americans would want to give to Donald Trump". The alert will not interrupt a phone call or an active data session, though FEMA and the FTC are working to make sure the information reaches more people.

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