Feds test nationwide emergency alert system today

03 October, 2018, 17:34 | Author: Rodolfo Hawkins
  • Most US cell phones to receive 'Presidential Alert' text on Wednesday

A similar wireless emergency alert text message has been sent to all cell phones nationwide.

At 2:18 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3, almost every cell phone user in the United States will receive a text message at the same time.

If it's not from President Trump, who is sending it? The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which will send the alert, said the messages would bear the headline "Presidential Alert", and that phones will make a loud tone and have a special vibration.

FEMA announced a nationwide test of its two emergency messaging systems.

Cellphones across the nation will receive an emergency alert Wednesday afternoon. Phones will display this national test using the header Presidential Alert.

About 225 million mobile devices across the US will receive a test emergency alert Wednesday.

IPAWS-NOAA Gateway: This is used to deliver alerts to weather radios.

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During the Cold War, it was pretty common to see and hear tests of the Emergency Broadcasting System. This system was developed by broadcast and cable operators in voluntary cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission, and local authorities to keep you informed in the event of an emergency. You won't get it if you aren't in range of a cell tower, for instance, or if your phone is switched off.

Of course, to receive the alert, your phone will need to be turned on and connected to a cell tower that allows you to connect to your participating carrier.

The test is for a Presidential Alert, a type of Wireless Emergency Alert only used for major emergencies that affect the entire country. The last test of the EAS system was in 2017.

You can not opt out of 'Presidential Alerts, ' but if you want to turn on or off AMBER or weather alerts, go to the notification settings on your phone.

The federal agency and the Federal Communications Commission initially planned to conduct the test on September 20, but delayed it due to emergency efforts taking place in the path of Hurricane Florence. "Does this mean I'm going to get whatever message President Trump wants to send out through this alert system now?'" Werner said.

"A system like this seems necessary in an era where most people are disconnected from "live" media like radio and television", Groeling said.

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