Emergency alert test going out to mobile phones nationwide


The first test of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system is scheduled for 2:18 p.m. today. The FEMA website notes that "WEA compatible cell phones that are switched on, within range of an active cell tower, and whose wireless provider participates in WEA should be capable of receiving the test message". "No action is needed", the message states.

The system is also used for lower-level alerts such as local weather warnings and AMBER Alerts, which are used to alert the public to missing children.

It was previously supposed to be tested on September 20, 2018 but was "postponed until October 3, 2018 due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence".

Failla said the claims were too speculative to block the test.

Stephen Colbert from The Late Show tweeted a picture of an altered message in a Trump-style Tweet, saying: "TRUMP NATIONAL ALERT". It was sent by FEMA as a test of the system.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been telling us for a while now that it plans to conduct a national test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), specifically the "Presidential Alerts" that are part of the established WEA system. It can also be used regionally for emergency information like AMBER alerts.

As a matter of fact, the words "Presidential Alert" were a bit misleading.

A number of iPhone users on AT&T's network - including this reporter - did not receive the notification until they had rebooted their smartphones.

Americans went nuts on Wednesday when they received a startling message on their phones titled "Presidential Alert".

In this photo illustration, a phone displays an emergency alert message on October 3, 2018.

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FEMA stated that some phones may not get the message. Does this mean I'm going to get whatever message President Trump wants to send out through this alert system now?' "CBS News correspondent Anna Werner asked Johnson. No action is required".

It is possible our nation won't have to use the Presidential Alert system for a long time, if ever.

The Southern District of NY court docket indicates summons were issued to Trump and FEMA Director William "Brock" Long on September 26.

While people can opt out of certain alerts, the one to be sent Wednesday is not one of them. It's not supposed to be used for political purposes, and it will only be used very rarely.

No matter what you were doing or where you were, everyone got the same alert.

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