The brief message will also say that it is only a TEST and that no action is needed.
In Saginaw County, 12 p.m. Wednesday is also the monthly test of the local alert system. It will be accompanied by a national alert tone.
Extreme and Severe Threats: These alerts are used to alert the public to imminent safety threats, and are mostly used for weather warnings.
Don't freak out when your phone lights up and starts buzzing on Wednesday afternoon: it's only the federal government doing a nationwide test of the Presidential Alert system. It is being completed in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission.
FEMA stated that the government can not track end users' location through this alert system. Those who did not receive the message may have been on a phone call or had their phone turned off, for example. Under the Warning, Alert, and Response Network (WARN) Act of 2006, cellphone users can not opt out of the presidential alerts. Others will not. No action is required.
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