[NFBMO] National Alert
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Wed Oct 3 13:44:13 UTC 2018
Below is an article about today's testing of the national alert system.
If you get a ‘Presidential Alert’ on your cellphone Wednesday, it’s legit
The Federal Emergency Management Agency will test its emergency alert system
for mobile phones, which is expected to reach about 225 million devices.
BY COLLEEN LONGASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON — About 225 million electronic devices across the United States
will wail and buzz Wednesday afternoon as the Federal Emergency Management
conducts an emergency alert test.
A tone will sound at 2:18 p.m., similar to that of an Amber Alert or flood
watch warning, and the subject of the alert will read: “Presidential Alert”
and text will say: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert
System. No action is needed.”
It is the first test of the national wireless emergency system by FEMA. The
message will be broadcast by cell towers for 30 minutes, so it’s possible
people may get it at a different time. The alerts will sound as long as the
device is turned on – even if it’s on mute or do not disturb, and it may
appear on smart watches, officials said.
A second alert on television broadcast and radio will go off at 2:20 p.m.
The TV and radio alert has been tested for several years.
The system test is for a high-level presidential alert that would be used
only in a nationwide emergency. It is being completed in coordination with
Federal Communications Commission. FEMA officials said Tuesday they would
share test result data on how the testing went with mobile carriers to help
the system works well in a true emergency.
Phones with mobile carriers that participate in the wireless emergency alert
system, which sends out information on hazardous weather, or missing
will get the alert. FEMA officials estimate it will reach about 75 percent
of all mobile phones in the country, including phones on all of the major
The wireless alert system launched in 2012. While users can opt out of
messages on missing children and natural disasters, they can’t opt out of
alerts, which are issued at the direction of the White House and activated
FEMA officials said the administration can only send such an alert for
national emergencies or if the public were in peril, rules outlined in a
and they say it can’t be used for any sort of personal message from the
A group of New Yorkers filed a lawsuit in federal court in New York arguing
they should not be compelled to receive the alerts under their right to free
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