Trump to Send Out Nationwide Text in Emergency Alert System Test

FEMA to test emergency alert system Wednesday

Plaintiffs compare the alert system to "hijacking private property for the objective of planting a Government-controlled loudspeaker in the home and on the person of every American".

FEMA's National Wireless Emergency Alert System is frequently used to warn the public about unsafe weather, missing children, and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones.

The alert will be a joint test of the Wireless Emergency Alert system and the Emergency Alert System, and commence at 1:18 p.m., according to a news release from state officials.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it'll sound like an Amber Alert or flood warning. Under the 2006 law establishing the wireless-alert system, Congress allowed participating carriers to let subscribers block any emergency alerts - except for those issued by the sitting US president.

The test is for the Wireless Emergency Alert system in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission. That test will assess the effectiveness of sending out "a national message and determine whether improvements are needed".

The MEMA website says that the system provides the president with the ability to communicate with the nation in times of a national emergency. This is just a test, and it has been planned for some time. Therefore, if you have a smartphone capable of receiving WEA alerts, your phone will receive the alert.

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

The test was originally scheduled for September 20, but was postponed until Wednesday, October 3rd. It would also allow most users to receive location-targeted notifications of "imminent threats to safety in their area", officials furthered. The alert would be used in the event of a major nationwide emergency. "No action is needed".

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