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FEMA to test nationwide ‘Presidential Alert’ text Wednesday

02 October 2018, 08:11 | Jodi Jackson

FEMA to test nationwide ‘Presidential Alert’ text Wednesday

Emergency alert test going out to mobile phones nationwide

"No action is needed", officials said. The message will have an audible tone, and the text will read, "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System".

As part of wireless emergency alerts, users will receive Presidential Alerts, AMBER Alerts, and alerts in cases of extreme weather or "other threatening emergencies".

The message is arriving as a part of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system, which broadcasts messages to the public when they need to be informed about unsafe situations.

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.

The Wireless Emergency Alert system is used to notify Americans about risky weather from the National Weather Service, AMBER Alerts for missing children, and other urgent situations from federal, state and local authorities. That test will assess the effectiveness of sending out "a national message and determine whether improvements are needed".

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.

While the Emergency Alert System has been tested before, the Wednesday test will be the first time the nationwide Wireless Emergency Alert system will be tested. It would also allow most users to receive location-targeted notifications of "imminent threats to safety in their area", officials furthered.

Get ready for a lot of simultaneous phones going off at the office tomorrow afternoon.

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