This Alert on Your Cell Phone is Only a Test

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A similar wireless emergency alert test message has been sent to all cell phones in the nation. Phones will display this national test using the header Presidential Alert. This is the first time a nationwide wireless emergency alert has been tested. "No action is needed", the message will read, according to FEMA, which says the alert will have a loud tone and a "special vibration".

A second alert on television broadcasts and radio will go off at 2:20 p.m. EDT.

If you get an emergency alert on your phone Wednesday afternoon, don't be alarmed.

A "Presidential Alert" sent to wireless phones and across the EAS would be issued in the event of an actual national emergency, such as a declaration of war or coordinated terrorist attacks, as determined by the president or the president's designee.

The test had been planned for September, but Hurricane Florence preparedness and response efforts prompted FEMA and the FCC to postpone it until october 3.

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The test will be broadcast over the course of about 30 minutes and sound the same as an AMBER Alert. Others will not. No action is required.

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The WEA is only for cellphones which are capable of receiving the texts, within range of a cellphone tower, and are using a provider included in the test.

The lawsuit compares the alert system to "hijacking private property for the objective of planting a Government-controlled loudspeaker in the home and on the person of every American".

From coast to coast, phones will light up with the most handsome emergency notification flashes and sounds heralding an important "Presidential Alert".

The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) is created to warn Americans in the event of a national emergency.

But Redlener has some qualms, especially, he says, when it comes to this president - like worrying it could be used for political purposes "or to create a diversion, if he felt the presidency was under threat".

Can I Block These Alerts?

If a phone is off, or on a call at the time of the alert, the message many not come through. The last test of the EAS system was in 2017. The alert system, called "Wireless Emergency Alert" could potentially be used for critical situations ranging from risky weather conditions to missile attacks.