FEMA to test emergency alert system Wednesday

FEMA to test emergency alert system Wednesday

FEMA to test emergency alert system Wednesday

On Wednesday almost every cell phone in the country will receive a presidential alert as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conducts a test of the nationwide emergency alert system.

3, a nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alert system will commence at 1:18 p.m. CST., followed by a national test of the Emergency Alert System at 1:20 p.m.

Wireless providers ping the alert message to any phone on a given cell tower or group of towers in a geographical area. WEA may also be referred to as "government alerts" or "emergency alerts". Of course, you're cutting off all communication for your phone so you won't get any calls or other messages.

The Oct. 3 WEA test will be sent through the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System.

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.

Despite being called a "Presidential Level Alert" emergency messages sent through the system won't be written by Donald Trump or any other president.

Despite the name, "the president will not originate this alert, say, from his mobile device", the official said. The EAS test is the one you'll see on your cell phone.

The wireless emergency alert system is meant to be used in the event of emergencies, like incoming nuclear missiles fired from North Korea in response to a particularly provocative tweet emanating from the Devil's Workshop during the Witching Hour.

This test will be heard on cell phones, radio, television, and cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers. The goal is to warn residents of national emergencies, such as risky weather. Therefore, if you have a smartphone capable of receiving WEA alerts, your phone will receive the alert.

Finally, FEMA says the test will not be used to steal your private data. "No action is needed".

Okay, So What is a Presidential Alert? The alert would be used in the event of a major nationwide emergency. Wireless phones should receive the message only once. You won't get it if you aren't in range of a cell tower, for instance, or if your phone is switched off. "No action is required".

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