FEMA plans nationwide emergency phone message test for Wednesday, Oct. 3

FEMA plans nationwide emergency phone message test for Wednesday, Oct. 3

President Donald Trump will text every cell phone in the U.S.at 1:18 p.m. on Wednesday to test a national presidential alert system that will let any president issue a warning about a crisis. A test of the new alert system is scheduled for this Wednesday after being postponed due to Hurricane Florence.

The test message will be a "Presidential Alert" and you cannot opt out of these WEA alerts. If this had been an actual emergency an official message would have followed the tone alert you heard at the start of this message.

FEMA will also run a test of its Emergency Alert System (EAS) for radio and television broadcasters the same day, beginning two minutes after the WEA test. They expect about 75 per cent of all wireless users to get the alert.

If you get an emergency alert on your phone Wednesday afternoon, don't be alarmed.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, will activate a nationwide emergency alert system this week. "No action is needed".

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.

During the test, compatible cell phones that are switched on, within range of an active cell tower, and whose wireless provider participates in WEA should be capable of receiving the test message.

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