Officials to send emergency alert test to United States phones, request feedback after

05 October, 2018, 14:13 | Author: Shawn Conner
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It is scheduled to come through on smart phones some time after 1:18 p.m.

A NY federal judge has refused to block the Federal Emergency Management Agency from conducting its emergency alert test on telephones.

Here's the kicker - the subject of the alert will read: "Presidential Alert".

GettyTrump with Mike Pence and Melania Trump visiting FEMA headquarters.

On a conference call on Tuesday, government officials told reporters Trump would not personally trigger the alert - from his phone or any other device - and emphasized that no president could "wake up one morning and attempt to send a personal message".

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are testing the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts on Wednesday, October 3rd.

The message will go out to all working phones compatible with the WEA System.

FEMA invites the public to send comments on the nationwide EAS-WEA test to FEMA-National-Test@fema.dhs.gov. Verizon Communications Inc said almost all of its mobile phone handsets are capable of getting alerts.

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There was no way to opt out of the test.

Phones that are on and in service range should receive WEA messages. "I thought that was the entire Trump presidency".

"The Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system is used to warn the public about risky weather, missing children, and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones".

The buzz and tone have the same feel and sound as those used for the Amber and weather alerts. The last previous EAS test was carried out in September, 2017, FEMA said. "No action is needed", the message states.

While users can opt out of messages on missing children and natural disasters, they can't opt out of the presidential alerts, which are issued at the direction of the White House and activated by FEMA. The main difference is that this is nationwide rather than regional.

That three out of four phones probably received the warning is a reflection of our always-on, technologically connected times.

As technology advanced in the late 1990s, so did the need to upgrade the nation's alert system, which in 1997 became the Emergency Alert System (EAS). It will be followed by a broadcast alert two minutes later. Users cannot opt out of receiving the test message. The other option is to keep your phone from connecting to a cell tower. "No action is required".

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