FEMA to Test ‘Presidential Alert System’ Wednesday

FEMA to test emergency alert system Wednesday

Cell phones that are turned on and within the range of an active cell tower are expected to receive the message. The text will say: "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System".

A second test of the national Emergency Alert System, the kind that typically appears on TV and radio, will follow at 2:20 p.m. ET. "No action is needed".

A photo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency shows what the alert will look like for a nationwide test scheduled for October 3, 2018. This is the first nationwide Presidential-level test, and no, you can not opt out of it.

The message will be the first ever test of Wireless Emergency Alerts, or "Presidential Alert" system.

As part of wireless emergency alerts, users will receive Presidential Alerts, AMBER Alerts, and alerts in cases of extreme weather or "other threatening emergencies".

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The WEA test message will be sent to cell phones that are connected to wireless providers participating in WEA.

The EAS message will describe it as a test of the National Emergency Alert System but will not be flagged as a "Presidential Alert".

The test had been planned for September, but Hurricane Florence preparedness and response efforts prompted FEMA and the FCC to postpone it until october 3.

For more information on the test, visit the FEMA website here. Some cell phones will receive the message; others will not. FEMA says that users can opt out of emergency alerts but by law cannot opt out of Presidential Alerts.

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

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