What Is the “Presidential Alert” Popup on Your Phone Today?
05 October, 2018, 04:41
The WEA portion of the test will commence at 2:18 p.m. EDT.
A second alert on television broadcast and radio went off at 1:20 p.m. CDT. FEMA officials said Tuesday they would share test result data on how the testing went with mobile carriers to help ensure the system works well in a true emergency. No action is needed, ' " FEMA wrote.
Those who are encouraging opt-out or even dismantling of the Presidential Alert system over some personal dislike of our President are doing more than hurting our nation's national security readiness, they are also putting themselves and their fellow citizens' lives at risk.
The test was originally planned for September 20, but was postponed until Wednesday due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence.
As they say. this was just a test.
The alert, which was scheduled for 7.18pm BST (2.18pm ET) on Wednesday, was the first trial of the system, which is part a new collaboration with The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The WEA system was established a decade ago and became operational in 2012.
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Delivered to 225 million mobile devices, or 75 per cent of America's mobile phones, it comes with a noisy alarm and a text message, representing the latest incarnation of the doomsday warning that Americans might receive in the event of an imminent national emergency.
The header for the notification will read "Presidential Alert". If this had been an actual emergency an official message would have followed the tone alert you heard at the start of this message. If you get the message, that means everything is as it should be!
In its statement, FEMA said the WEA system is used to warn about unsafe weather, missing children, and other critical situations through cell phone alerts. They say the system is essentially hijacking private property to create a government-controlled loudspeaker "in the home and on the person of every American". This new presidential alert is nationwide and only used for advance warning of national crises.
A group of New Yorkers filed a lawsuit in federal court in NY arguing they should not be compelled to receive the alerts under their right to free speech.
The cell phone alert will resemble the message seen above.
FEMA officials use a device that's "very similar to a laptop computer", the senior FEMA official said. Expect the same double beep and vibration as you would receiving the other alerts.
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