Published: Wed, October 03, 2018
Tech | By Anita Cain

Don't be alarmed by 'Presidential Alert' sent to your phone

Don't be alarmed by 'Presidential Alert' sent to your phone

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

FEMA and the FCC will conduct a nationwide test of its emergency alert system at 2:18 p.m. october 3, according to a news release from James City County.

Since 2012, FEMA and other government agencies have used the alert system to send over 40,000 messages regarding abductions and severe weather. Organizations are able to disseminate and coordinate emergency alerts and warning messages through WEA and other public systems by means of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System. "No action is needed", it'll read.

The test is scheduled to occur at 2:18 p.m. EDT Thursday.

This is a test of the nationwide alert system to warn the public about risky weather, missing children and other critical situations, and you may notice that your phone makes a different notification sound to normal.

FEMA officials estimate almost 75 percent of all mobile phones in the country, including major carriers, will receive the alert.

Officials say the initial test was supposed to take place last month, but was postponed due to ongoing response efforts for Hurricane Florence. Radio and television will immediately follow with a test, as well.

Cell towers will broadcast the WEA test for approximately 30 minutes beginning at 11:18 a.m. "No action is required". This is the fourth EAS nationwide test and the first national WEA test.

FEMA is also tasked with ensuring the president can alert the public under all conditions in cases of national emergencies, including natural disasters and terrorist threats.

A text from President Trump will come to most phones on Wednesday.

The lawsuit compares the alert system to "hijacking private property for the goal of planting a Government-controlled loudspeaker in the home and on the person of every American".

WEA now only supports messages in English, officials say.

Can I silence my phone or turn off the alert?

The content of the message will also make it clear you've received the test message.

THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System. All the major national wireless carriers and most smaller service providers participate in the WEA program.

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