Emergency alert test going out to mobile phones nationwide

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Emergency alert test going out to mobile phones nationwide

The tests will be used to assess the readiness of an emergency nationwide message to determine if any improvements need to be made.

"Now you know you say presidential alert and some people are thinking, 'Aw man, I see President Trump sending out Twitter messages all day long".

Cellphone users can not opt out of the test, which uses the same special tone and vibration as AMBER alerts and tornado warnings. WEA may also be referred to as "government alerts" or "emergency alerts".

President Donald Trump's "Presidential Alert" test is coming to your cellphone.

The date is the backup date after the initial test was scrubbed on September 20 due to response efforts to Hurricane Florence.

Unlike general emergency alerts, you can not opt out of receiving Presidential Alerts.

It will be sent at 2:18 p.m. EDT.

A photo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency shows what the alert will look like for a nationwide test scheduled for October 3, 2018. "No action is needed".

For the first time ever on Wednesday, Americans nationwide will receive an alert on their cell phones from President Trump. Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint all participate in the program, so you'll likely get the test message.

Wireless phones should receive the message only once.

The WEA test will be broadcast over the course of about 30 minutes and sound the same as an AMBER Alert. FEMA says users can not opt out of receiving Wireless Emergency Alerts. In a real emergency, a FEMA official using a device "very similar to a laptop computer" will receive information from multiple federal agencies and the White House, and select one of several pre-written messages and update it to fit the circumstances. "No action is required".

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is coordinating the alert.

WEA is used to warn the public about risky weather, missing children, and other regionally critical situations through alerts on cellular phones. This test will be heard on cell phones, radio, television, and cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers.

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