FEMA to test a national emergency alert system

FEMA to test a national emergency alert system

According to FEMA, the WEA test message will have a header that reads "Presidential Alert".

FEMA says the WEA portion of the test will commence at 2:18 p.m. EDT, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT.

For the first time ever on Wednesday, people across the country will get an alert on their cell phones from President Donald Trump.

With the IPAWS system, messages from local officials during an emergency will go out to the public on smart devices in a single alert.

Can I silence my phone or turn off the alert?

Real emergencies that can prompt a WEA message include AMBER alerts, extreme weather, other localized threats and Presidential Alerts during a national emergency. The subject will read: "Presidential Alert". The test will set off the same loud sound used for other alerts. The alert system, called "Wireless Emergency Alert" could potentially be used for critical situations ranging from unsafe weather conditions to missile attacks.


The Wireless Emergency Alert system is used to notify Americans about unsafe weather from the National Weather Service, AMBER Alerts for missing children, and other urgent situations from federal, state and local authorities. The suit states the plaintiffs are Americans "who do not wish to receive text messages of any kind on any topic or subject from President Trump".

On Wednesday, October 3rd, at 2:18 PM, you will receive a text message from President Trump.

You can not opt out of 'Presidential Alerts, ' but if you want to turn on or off AMBER or weather alerts, go to the notification settings on your phone.

The test is for a Presidential Alert, a type of Wireless Emergency Alert only used for major emergencies that affect the entire country.

The WEA and EAS tests were supposed to go down on September 20, but were delayed due to the ongoing response efforts for Hurricane Florence. Cellular towers will broadcast the alert for about 30 minutes. FEMA warned if a "widespread severe weather or another significant event" occurs Wednesday, the scheduled test would be postponed, again.

The Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system proper was created in 2012, but it's actually been around longer than that.

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