FEMA delivering nationwide Emergency Alert Test for mobile devices

Americans Can't Opt Out of Today's 'Presidential Alert'

The test went out at 2:18 p.m. EDT to all cellphones connected to wireless providers participating in the WEA.

The brief message will also say that it is only a TEST and that no action is needed.

On a conference call on Tuesday, government officials told reporters Trump would not personally trigger the alert - from his phone or any other device - and emphasized that no president could "wake up one morning and attempt to send a personal message".

It was originally scheduled for September but was delayed in order to avoid any confusion while Hurricane Florence response efforts were continuing in North and SC.

Delivered to 225 million mobile devices, or 75 per cent of America's mobile phones, it comes with a noisy alarm and a text message, representing the latest incarnation of the doomsday warning that Americans might receive in the event of an imminent national emergency. The goal was to test a system that's created to warn Americans about a national emergency.

You're not. Although the alert includes the word "presidential", it does not come directly from President Donald Trump. It's the first national Presidential Alert test, which will allow any sitting President to send nationwide emergency messages.

The WEA alert text is a little different from conventional text. The agency is coordinating with the FCC to test out this system.

The EAS Presidential Alert will read: "THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System".

FEMA officials have said the Hawaii incident played no role in the scheduling of Wednesday's test. Simply put, they can't choose to not receive an alert from President Trump.

That means that no one-including the president-is allowed to abuse the system to send messages that don't have to do with disasters or other safety threats.

The notification popped up as a "Presidential Alert".

Some remain unconvinced by those assurances.

FEMA invites the public to send comments on the nationwide EAS-WEA test to FEMA-National-Test@fema.dhs.gov.

Thousands of people across southern Colorado received a text alert from FEMA Wednesday. "We have a right to privacy and not having your phone turned into a loudspeaker like in North Korea". It wasn't until Wednesday that it got its first test.

Others have used social media to complain about and mock the trial. "And he has as a history of sending unhinged, false and biased messages on Twitter".

"Oh my. A "Presidential Alert" emergency". Eastern. Cell towers will broadcast the WEA test for about 30 minutes and the EAS test will last for about a minute. "When I have been storm chasing there have been times WEA did not trigger at all even though I was in the geographic boundary of a tornado warning", said Smith. "I'll be unavailable until Monday, Oct. 8".

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