Cell phones to receive national emergency test message - GVNow

Cell phones to receive national emergency test message - GVNow

Cell phones to receive national emergency test message - GVNow

Pacific, is the first test of a national presidential alert system that will let any president issue a warning about a crisis.

The alert is scheduled to happen at 2:18 p.m. Neither Trump nor any other USA president will be able to use the WEA system for any objective other than alerting citizens about a national emergency, according to FEMA.

It can also notify the public about extreme weather or missing children, also known as Amber Alerts.

From coast to coast, phones will light up with the most lovely emergency notification flashes and sounds heralding an important "Presidential Alert".

The wireless alert system launched in 2012. Amber Alerts and weather alerts are for specific regions, however.

In January, America's emergency management technologies made headlines when a state-level official mistakenly sent an alert to Hawaii residents warning them of an inbound ballistic missile attack.

The WEA and EAS tests were supposed to go down on September 20, but were delayed due to the ongoing response efforts for Hurricane Florence.

"WEA includes a special tone (some describe it as quite loud) and a vibration, both repeated twice", according to a description on the FEMA website. The message will have a header that says "Presidential Alert" and will read... The alerts are issued at the direction of the President (or an appointee) and are activated by FEMA representatives. Instead, they're from the USA government, and both are test messages.

Your iPhone could send out a pair of alerts this afternoon, but they aren't ones you've set yourself.

If you're picturing a red button inside a glass box or a fire-alarm-style handle on the wall - this isn't that.

It's one of three kinds of alerts in FEMA's WEA system.

Can I Block These Alerts?

The WEA is designed for our growing cellphone population.

No can do. You'll likely receive the message automatically, unless your phone is turned off, you're not close enough to a cell tower or your wireless provider doesn't participate in WEA. Cell phones should only receive the message once.

What about the other screens in my life? Radio and television will immediately follow with a test, as well. Instead of waiting for an emergency presidential address on your television, the president and FEMA can reach the public faster - via your text inbox.

The Wireless Emergency Alert system is used to notify Americans about risky weather from the National Weather Service, AMBER Alerts for missing children, and other urgent situations from federal, state and local authorities.

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