Emergency Alert To Hit Cell Phones This Afternoon

Wireless phone users can't block Trump administration 'Presidential Alert' test message

GettyTrump with Mike Pence and Melania Trump visiting FEMA headquarters.

Every American is to receive a phone message from Donald Trump testing an emergency alert system to be used in the event of a terror attack.

EAS has been tested nation-wide three times already in November 2011, September 2016, and September 2017. This will be the fourth nationwide EAS test and the first nationwide WEA test. "In the case of a tornado warning, that lag could get you killed". It happened at 2:18 pm eastern time.

The WEA portion of the test commences at 8:18 a.m. HST and the EAS portion follows at 8:20 a.m. HST. Several have noted that anyone wanting to know the president's thoughts can turn to Twitter.

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

"When those messages appear on mobile devices, people should take those extremely seriously", FEMA's Antwane Johnson told CBS News correspondent Anna Werner.

It's also worth noting that such emergency alert systems are not infallible. "No action is needed", the full text will read.

These alerts will come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

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"Agencies like the National Weather Service and local governments use these systems to provide life-saving information during and after natural disasters and other emergencies", Silliman said. The main difference is that this is nationwide rather than regional. It will sound similar to the routine tests that flash across your television screen once a month.

Some are describing the test as a "Trump Alert" - but the United States president is not personally involved in the trial.

A number of iPhone users on AT&T's network - including this reporter - did not receive the notification until they had rebooted their smartphones. "No action is required".

Then, about two minutes later, another text message from the Emergency Alert System will go out to all broadcast, cable, satellite and wireless providers. The WEA system was established a decade ago and became operational in 2012.

A group of New Yorkers filed a lawsuit in federal court in NY arguing they should not be compelled to receive the alerts under their right to free speech.

"With today's society, it's something that was needed and it's sad to say that but I think it's a great thing that they're doing", said Cecilia Stevenson.

You can read the full complaint here. Weird. I wonder where that official got the idea that we were specifically anxious about a president who wakes up in the morning and fires off ill-advised messages.

GettyA woman checks her cell phone as she waits in line to enter the U.S. Supreme Court. "But if it's used for good, I have no issues", student Sashwat Patra said.

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