Most US cell phones to receive 'Presidential Alert' text on Wednesday

Americans brace for texts straight from Trump – with no chance to opt-out

All smartphone users will receive an alert and the message will read, "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System".

A test of the Wireless Emergency Alert System's government alert feature will take place at 2:18 p.m. October 3. The alert will also have a header that reads "Presidential Alert".

It is a part of FEMA's system to warn citizens in case of national emergencies. This means that any compatible cellphones that are switched on and within range of an active cell tower should receive the alert.

In 2006, President George W. Bush signed an executive order to create an effective, reliable, integrated, flexible and comprehensive system to alert the American people in situations of war, terrorism, natural disaster or other hazards of public safety and well-being.

The warning system "provides the president with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency", FEMA said on its website. The test message will be similar to regular monthly EAS test.

The WEA portion of the test commences at 11:18 a.m., and the EAS portion follows at 11:20 a.m. The alert system, called "Wireless Emergency Alert" could potentially be used for critical situations ranging from risky weather conditions to missile attacks.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it'll sound like an Amber Alert or flood warning. People will not receive notifications of President Trump's tweets, said Johnson.

Cellphone users can expect their phone to get the alert, along with "a loud tone and vibration" at 2:18 p.m.

Three New Yorkers filed a federal lawsuit last week attempting to block the test, saying it violates free speech and is an unconstitutional seizure of electronic devices. Even if you disable Amber Alerts you'll still get the test message. However, officials said this is on your cell carrier's end. "If we have something that's of national significance, we can rapidly notify the American public of that event", FEMA's Antwane Johnson, who'll direct Wednesday's alert system, told CBS News. Systems are activated differently and with separate, specific sets of criteria, Warstler said.

This test was originally scheduled for mid-September, but was postponed because FEMA was also responding to Hurricane Florence.

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