Widespread Failures Reported after FEMA Launches Presidential Alert System Test | Trending

Gerardo Harmon
October 5, 2018

FEMA said the EAS test will begin at 2:20 p.m.

The alert attempted to send the message to every phone in the United States operating on a network run by a carrier opting into the Wireless Emergency Alert system. "No action is needed", the message read.

That message will read, "THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System".

It was originally scheduled for September but was delayed in order to avoid any confusion while Hurricane Florence response efforts were continuing in North and SC. Eastern. Cell towers will broadcast the WEA test for about 30 minutes and the EAS test will last for about a minute. "One thing that we need make very clear is that there are laws, policies and procedures that are in place, other protocols to assure that the system is used in accordance with its intended use as defined by the law", Johnson responded.

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It's the same kind of message that warns people of critical situations, including unsafe weather, but the test was put on hold due to a real emergency last month. The message you likely received (unless you turned your phone off) was the first ever nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system.

This alert could be used in the event of a major solar or magnetic event, or other national emergencies, Bruner said.

In accordance with the WARN act, you are allowed to block imminent safety and AMBER alerts, but not Presidential alerts. Additionally, if a user is on a call, or with an active data session open on their phone, they might not have received the message. It is to conclude, FEMA said, by announcing that "A similar wireless emergency alert test message has been sent to all cell phones nationwide".

The presidential alert can only be activated by the current president, but the reasons for doing so are legally defined. "No action is required".

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No one can opt out of these alerts - and only the president has the ability to decide if or when those alerts are sent. The presidential alerts provide direct communication between the White House and Americans in case of a national emergency, like a disaster or a terrorist attack.

A group of New Yorkers is suing to be able to opt out of the alert, claiming it infringes on their First Amendment rights. "This is something that should not be used for a political agenda", he said.

What if I didn't get the alert?

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