FEMA to test emergency alert system Wednesday

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

The time has been set for the first test of the "Presidential Alert" text system on Wednesday that will appear on most US phones.

At 1:18 p.m. the WEA part of the test will take place, with the EAS portion following at 1:20 p.m.

If it's not from President Trump, who is sending it? 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.

Like an Amber Alert, you smart phone will vibrate and make an audible alarm sound. Pacific, is the first test of a national presidential alert system that will let any president issue a warning about a crisis. Eastern Time, everyone with a cellphone will receive a special test message, no doubt the first of many such tremendous messages, each one bigger and more successful than the last.

The agency is required by law to conduct a nationwide test of its public alert systems no less than once every three years. The alert system, called "Wireless Emergency Alert" could potentially be used for critical situations ranging from risky weather conditions to missile attacks.

According to FEMA, the Communications Act of 1934 gives the President the authority to use private sector communication systems, such as wireless service, to reach the public in national emergencies.

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The test is scheduled to occur at 2:18 p.m. EDT Thursday.

The federal government has long had a system to issue alerts over television and radio. Some older phones may not receive the test message. Cell towers will broadcast the WEA test for approximately 30 minutes. It is similar to monthly tests of the system the public is accustomed to hearing.

The Presidential Alert would be used to allow the president to warn the public or address the nation during a national emergency.

You can also expect that ear-destroying tone to go along with the WEA and EAS test messages.

More than 100 mobile carriers, including all the major wireless firms, are participating in the roll out, FEMA stated in a message on its website posted Thursday. Systems are activated differently and with separate, specific sets of criteria, Warstler said.

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