FCC, FEMA to test 'Wireless Emergency Alert' system on Wednesday

FCC, FEMA to test 'Wireless Emergency Alert' system on Wednesday

If you're in the United States and in range of a cell tower for a participating service provider you'll get the test message on your smart phone.

In a legitimate emergency, an alert would be issued at the president's direction or by someone he chooses, and then activated by FEMA, the agency said. The TV and radio alert has been tested for several years. The EAS message will be sent at 2:20 p.m. EDT.

A trio of New Yorkers are asking a federal court to stop the government from testing an alert system that they say would allow President Trump or his successors in the White House to turn people's cellphones into a loudspeaker for the administration's propaganda.

But now there will also be an alert on your cellphone. 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. Last week, three people filed suit in NY to block the testing of the system, known as Wireless Emergency Alerts or WEA.

The test messages were supposed to be sent out September 20, but the transmission was postponed until Wednesday on account of the emergency response during and after the landfall of Hurricane Florence on the East Coast.

The test is scheduled for Wednesday at 2:18 p.m.

Johnson directs the agency's public alert warning system that will send out the nationwide test of the presidential alert on Wednesday.

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While individuals can opt out of ordinary emergency alerts (like Amber Alerts or extreme weather notifications), that's not an option for Presidential Alerts.

Wireless phones should receive the message only once.

FEMA officials said the administration can only send such an alert for national emergencies or if the public were in peril, rules outlined in a 2006 law. "No action is needed" and will display the header "Presidential Alert".

"Oct. 3 was the previously scheduled back-up date for the test, which was originally set up for this Thursday, Sept. 20".

FEMA stated that the government can not track end users' location through this alert system.

You can expect it to sound like an Amber Alert or flood warning, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). You'll hear two tones, followed by a vibration. Others will not. No action is required.

If your phone is turned off or if you are on an active call at the time of the alert, you won't receive the alert until you turn your phone on again or end your call.

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