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Didn't get the Presidential Alert? This is why, according to FEMA

05 October 2018, 04:42 | Jodi Jackson

Didn't get the Presidential Alert? This is why, according to FEMA

Didn't get the Presidential Alert? This is why, according to FEMA

The first test of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system is scheduled for 2:18 p.m. today. A secondary test will go out at 2:20pm ET from the Emergency Alert System to radio and television. It hasn't said yet whether the test went well.

The brief message will also say that it is only a TEST and that no action is needed.

FEMA said the test was planned for September 20 but was postponed by the need to respond to Hurricane Florence.

Is it a message from President Trump? "The test will follow long-established wireless alert guidelines, and FEMA and the FCC have been working with the wireless industry over the past several months to coordinate the test". This system was developed by broadcast and cable operators in voluntary cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission, and local authorities to keep you informed in the event of an emergency.

No, President Donald Trump is probably not going to use the alert to launch into crazed rants like he does on Twitter.

Only because a "Presidential Alert" would be sent at the direction of Trump, who has broken with Presidential norms to furiously lecture from his Twitter podium. Users can not opt out of receiving the WEA test.

A senior FEMA official said:"You would not have a situation where the president would just wake up one morning and attempt to send a personal message".

Ricky Gervais said: "Can't wait for the first ever presidential alert saying that SNL sucks".

But the move has prompted a lawsuit in NY, which says that presidential alerts are a "violation of Americans' First and Fourth Amendment rights to be free from Government-compelled listening, as well as warrantless, non-consensual trespass into and seizure of their cellular devices". "If there's a tsunami, Trump is the last person that I want to get a text from".

Before a presidential alert shows up on cellphones, it must be routed to wireless carriers, such as AT&T and Verizon, through an online system called the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, or IPAWS. "No action is required". They argue that under civil rights law, government can not use cellular devices to compel listening, "trespass into and hijack" devices without a warrant or individual consent. It's not supposed to be used for political purposes, and it will only be used very rarely.

It should relieve every American that our country has the technological capability to alert Americans were a national emergency of existential proportions - say a nuclear exchange, asteroid, foreign invasion, etc. - to potentially occur. Expect the same double beep and vibration as you would receiving the other alerts.

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