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

02 October, 2018, 21:57 | Author: Rodolfo Hawkins
  • President Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House

The Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts will be tested Wednesday.

"Participating television and radio broadcasters will sound an audible tone and will display a message that is similar to regular monthly EAS test messages with which the public is familiar", according to the statement. "No action is needed". The alert was initially scheduled to occur Thursday, September 20, but FEMA spokesman Mark Peterson tells CNN the test has been postponed, and October 3 was the alternate date for the test. In fact, the test on Wednesday will include the well-known script saying "If this had been an actual emergency an official message would have followed the tone alert you heard at the start of this message".

Officials estimate that upwards of 225 million Americans will receive the test alert on WEA-compatible wireless devices. It's only a test-but you can't opt out.

This new presidential alert will be nationwide and only used for advance warning of national crises.

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A special alert will run across the screen of your smartphone on Wednesday.

The test is for the Wireless Emergency Alert system in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission. The message will be active for approximately 30 minutes, so users could receive the alert within that time frame.

The WEA system is used to warn the public about unsafe weather, missing children, and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones. Neither Trump nor any other USA president will be able to use the WEA system for any goal other than alerting citizens about a national emergency, according to FEMA.

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