Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Technology | By Nina Perez

FEMA set to test 'Presidential Alert' system

FEMA set to test 'Presidential Alert' system

The WEA portion of the test, which will be sent to consumer cell phones, will begin at 2:18 p.m. EDT.

Levine/NewscomHundreds of millions of Americans received a "Presidential Alert" on their cell phone today.

The EAS test message is a nationwide emergency alert test that is sent out on broadcast television and radio, rather than on mobile phones. This is the first national WEA test.

Many people in the Valley received an alert message from the President Wednesday afternoon, while many others did not. ". The Warning, Alert, and Response Network (WARN) Act of 2006 prompted the Federal Communications Commission to adopt regulations enabling the wireless industry to participate in the distribution of public alerts and warnings also".

The EAS test will be sent at 2:20 p.m.

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"The Presidential Alert system, which is compulsory and can not be opted out of, violates these rights because it is tantamount to hijacking private property for the goal of planting a Government-controlled loudspeaker in the home and on the person of every American", plaintiffs Jason Nicholas, Kristine Rakowsky and Liane Nikitovich said in the lawsuit.

Schatz' statement was issued minutes before the alert appeared on cell phones.

FEMA's public alert warning system sent out the nationwide test.

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You can block the test message by putting your smart phone in Airplane Mode, or by turning your phone off.

However, the National Emergency system was on a much bigger scale.

"Got it!" In Seattle, the test alert arrived in the middle of the GeekWire Summit.

The presidential alert is created to let the White House inform the entire country nearly instantly of grave public emergencies, such as a terrorist attack or an invasion, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The test message will be similar to regular monthly EAS test messages with which the public is familiar.

The presidential alerts are different from other national emergency alerts that have gone out in the past for natural disasters or missing persons alerts. It featured a loud alarm, followed by vibration that lasted around one minute, and required no action.

You're not. Although the alert includes the word "presidential", it does not come directly from President Donald Trump.

A group of New Yorkers is suing to be able to opt out of the alert, claiming it infringes on their First Amendment rights.

It is unknown if Trump will attempt to misuse this power as a political tool to make announcements.

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