FEMA to Send Out Mass Test Alert Today

Laverne Mann
October 7, 2018

The agency has tested its radio and television alerts through its "Emergency Alert System" on a national level three times before, according to the federal agency. "No action is needed". Among the details people who did not get the alert should send: What device they use, their wireless provider, whether they were using their phone when the alert went out, and whether others nearby received the alert. Some older phones, however, may not receive the alerts. The first portion of the test begins at 1:18 p.m.

While many cellphones were buzzing with test alerts from the president of the United States, others sat in silence. All smartphone users will receive an alert and the message will read, "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System".

It was completed in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission. The Wireless Emergency Alert system, or WEA, is used to warn the public about unsafe weather, missing children and other critical situations through alerts on cellphones.

Fema officials estimated it would reach about 75% of all mobile phones in the country, including phones on all of the major carriers. Some of those tools include wireless alerts, television and radio broadcasts, social media and website postings, search and rescue volunteers, and local media.

While users can opt out of messages on missing children and natural disasters, they can't opt out of the presidential alerts, which are issued at the direction of the White House and activated by Fema.

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Unlike emergency alerts and Amber alerts, these presidential alerts can not be turned off, according to FEMA.

Ms Failla called the constitutional questions raised by the lawsuit significant and urged the litigants to find lawyers to help them proceed. Once there, scroll to the very bottom to turn off the alerts.

More information can be found here: FEMA.

Some Trump critics seized on the alert's transmission to poke fun at the president.

"I don't want this", actress Alyssa Milano tweeted Saturday.

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