Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

‘Presidential Alert’: FEMA To Test Emergency Alert System

‘Presidential Alert’: FEMA To Test Emergency Alert System

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is testing a new system next week that allows President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump stands by tweets questioning Puerto Rico death toll: "NO WAY" Trump pushes back on ex-lawyer putting out book, cites "attorney-client privilege" Wealthiest Republican supporter in OH quits party MORE to send messages directly to US cellphones.

In the test next week everyone will receive a message that will look like a text and will be headed "Presidential Alert", said FEMA.

Wireless Emergency Alerts can be sent by the National Weather Service, local first responder agencies, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the President through a system devised by FEMA and the Federal Communications Commission. "No action is needed".

You can't opt out of the WEA test.

DHS&EM operations chief Bryan Fisher said that Alaska feedback is important as communications in the state differ from the Lower 48.

The WEA system is used to warn the public about unsafe weather, missing children, and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones.

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Compatible cellphones, which include those from every major carrier, will receive a message that reads "Presidential Alert" and "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System".

The system is normally used to send out an Amber Alert or a severe weather event on your phone.

Officials insisted that the system can not be used for political purposes.

It is also meant to be used in a national emergency, only by the president.

Even though experts explained to The Hill the national emergency notification system has for decades remained "professional and impartial", those opposed to the president did not welcome FEMA's announcement. "The test is made available to EAS participants (i.e., radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers) and is scheduled to last approximately one minute".

You can expect to see the alert pop up on your phone at 2:18 p.m. ET so long as you have your phone turned on, are within range of a cell tower, and if your wireless provider is part of the WEA system.

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