‘Presidential Alert’: FEMA To Test Emergency Alert System

‘Presidential Alert’: FEMA To Test Emergency Alert System

‘Presidential Alert’: FEMA To Test Emergency Alert System

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is testing a new system next week that allows President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump stands by tweets questioning Puerto Rico death toll: "NO WAY" Trump pushes back on ex-lawyer putting out book, cites "attorney-client privilege" Wealthiest Republican supporter in OH quits party MORE to send messages directly to USA cellphones. But it won't be a political message or attack on one of his perceived enemies-or at least, it's not supposed to be.

The messages will bear the headline "Presidential Alert", the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which will send the message, said in a statement earlier this week.

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Cell phone users who have their phones turned on, are within range of a cell tower and whose wireless providers are included in the WEA system will receive the text message.

Emergency alerts will also continue to be available on NOAA Weather Radio, news broadcasts, the Emergency Alert System on radio and TV programs and via outdoor sirens.

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The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. EDT, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT. "No action is needed".

The WEA system is already used to warn the public about missing children, risky weather and other vital information, FEMA said.

According to Jeremy Zidek, spokesperson for DHS&EM, this will be the first time that a nation-wide WEA message will be distributed.

The agency is required to conduct a nationwide test of its public alert systems no less than once every three years under the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Modernization Act of 2015.

"Users may opt of receiving alerts in the imminent threat and AMBER categories but can not opt out of receiving Presidential alerts", FEMA said.

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The EAS test is scheduled to last approximately one minute and will be similar to regular monthly EAS test messages on TV or radio.

If the test is postponed for some reason, the back-up date is Wednesday, Oct. 3.

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