Wide Presidential Alert To Be Tested Tomorrow

Most US cell phones to receive 'Presidential Alert' text on Wednesday

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A similar wireless emergency alert test message has been sent to all cell phones nationwide.

Tuscarawas County Emergency Management Agency Director Alex McCarthy says the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System was designed in the event the U.S. had a national emergency. Pacific, is the first test of a national presidential alert system that will let any president issue a warning about a crisis.

With the IPAWS system, messages from local officials during an emergency will go out to the public on smart devices in a single alert. "No action is needed", it'll read.

When the alert comes across your phone at 2:18 p.m. FEMA said it should sound like an Ambert Alert, which includes a loud alert.

FEMA reports that this alert is different from a text message, meaning you can not respond and that "your phone number is not shared with anyone".

The Federal Emergency Management Agency in coordination with the Federal Communication Commission will test the nationwide Wireless Emergency Alert System and the Emergency Alert System.

A special alert will run across the screen of your smartphone on Wednesday.

There will also be a way for cell phone users to partially unsubscribe to the alerts if desired.

Whether you are a supporter or staunch critic of the 45th and current President of the United States, you are likely to receive a text message from him.

Though this is the fourth nationwide test of the EAS, Wednesday marks the first time the federal government has ever tested out the WEA on a national level.

Next Thursday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will do its first test of a system that allows the president to send a message to most US cellphones. Users can not opt out of receiving this WEA test.

Smart phones should expect to see text messages during the tests.

Who's in charge of sending out this alert?

The test was originally planned for September 20 but was rescheduled as a result of Hurricane Florence.

"That would allow the President or the executive branch to get emergency information out to the public in a timely manner". In a real situation, a president could use the system to warn Americans of a crisis.

"When those messages appear on mobile devices, people should take those extremely seriously", FEMA's Antwane Johnson told CBS News correspondent Anna Werner.

The wireless alert system launched in 2012. FEMA says that users can opt out of emergency alerts but by law cannot opt out of Presidential Alerts.

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