Sep 17 2018
07:48 am

Wednesday , October 3, 2018, 2:18 PM, EST

A "Presidential Alert" text message system:)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on October 3, 2018 (was September 20, 2018).

Cell towers will broadcast the WEA test for approximately 30 minutes beginning at 2:18 p.m. EDT.

During this time, WEA 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. Some cell phones will not receive the test message, and cell phones should only receive the message once.

The WEA test message will have a header that reads "Presidential Alert" and text that says:

“THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

The national test will use the same special tone and vibration as with all WEA messages (i.e. Tornado Warning, AMBER Alert). Users cannot opt out of the WEA test.

If circumstances, such as a major weather event, cause the IPAWS National Test to be postponed, the back-up date is Wednesday, October 3, 2018.

the President has sole responsibility for determining when the national-level EAS will be activated,” according to FEMA.

We can only hope the President understands this is to only be used in the event of a "national emergency".

Knoxoasis's picture

Because why should Hawaii

Because why should Hawaii have all the fun?

bizgrrl's picture

Today is test day.

Today is test day.

R. Neal's picture

Got my Presidential

Got my Presidential Alert:

"We are still looking for Hillary's missing emails. Also, no collusion. Russia investigation is a witch hunt. Sad."

Knoxgal's picture

If Trump uses this system

If Trump uses this system to send political messages I’m throwing my cell phone away.

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