Emergency 'Presidential Alert' test will hit mobile phones nationwide Wednesday

Most US cell phones to receive 'Presidential Alert' text on Wednesday

FEMA last tested the EAS in 2016 and 2017, and the first wireless emergency alerts were sent in 2012.

The WEA portion of the test is set for 1:18 p.m. CST and the EAS portion will follow at 1:20 p.m. CST.

You can expect it to sound like an Amber Alert or flood warning, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The warning system "provides the president with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency", FEMA said on its website.

The test comes in two different formats: the Wireless Emergency Alert and the Emergency Alert System. "No action is needed" and will display the header "Presidential Alert".

The WEA system, launched in 2012, is used to warn the public about risky weather, missing children, and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones.

This test was originally scheduled for mid-September, but was postponed because FEMA was also responding to Hurricane Florence.

Of course, to receive the alert, your phone will need to be turned on and connected to a cell tower that allows you to connect to your participating carrier. "We don't want Tennesseans to be surprised when they see, or hear, the alert on television or radio, and also receive it on their mobile devices".

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The message will be broadcast by cell towers for 30 minutes, so it's possible some people may get it later than 2:18 p.m. "No action is required".

But Redlener has some qualms, especially, he says, when it comes to this president - like worrying it could be used for political purposes "or to create a diversion, if he felt the presidency was under threat".

The alert, in real situations, would only be used in emergencies that affect the entire USA, the Sacramento County Office of Emergency Services said.

Though the Presidential alert system was established in 2006, this is its first nationwide test.

President Trump was scheduled to send a text message to all Americans with a cellphone on October 3, 2018. If your cellphone is on and you have service, you will likely receive it and you will not be able to stop it.

Can I silence my phone or turn off the alert?

It is similar to monthly tests of the system the public is accustomed to hearing.

We're all familiar with the weekly Emergency Alert System on the radio that, in a real emergency situation, advises listeners to stay tuned for more information.

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