Feds test nationwide emergency alert system today

Feds test nationwide emergency alert system today

Feds test nationwide emergency alert system today

At 2:18 pm EDT on Wednesday (11:18 am PDT), most mobile subscribers in the U.S. can expect a "Presidential Alert" to brighten their day.

"The EAS is a national public warning system that provides the President with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency", according to a statement from FEMA. "No action is needed", the message states. It was previously supposed to be tested on September 20, 2018 but was "postponed until October 3, 2018 due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence". This will be the fourth nationwide EAS test and the first nationwide WEA test.

The test was mandated under a 2015 law that said one must be run at least once every three years.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is conducting a test of the Emergency Alert Systems and Wireless Emergency Alert. Most wireless alerts, like missing children messages, are sent by local and state governments and confined to phones in a particular region. That has some liberals really upset, complaining about President Trump. Some got as many as four alerts on their phones; others didn't get any. Users cannot opt out of receiving the test message.

No one can opt out of these alerts - and only the president has the ability to decide if or when those alerts are sent.

But some people with phones that met these criteria did not receive the text message.

FEMA officials estimate almost 75 percent of all mobile phones in the country, including major carriers, will receive the alert.

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FEMA officials have said the Hawaii incident played no role in the scheduling of Wednesday's test.

So, to be clear, it's the testing of an alert system, not a way for Trump to forcibly text you his thoughts.

The Southern District of NY court docket indicates summons were issued to Trump and FEMA Director William "Brock" Long on September 26.

The FCC said it does not collect data based on the test, though it will ask cell service providers for feedback about how the test went.

What kind of emergency would this be used for?

It is unknown if Trump will attempt to misuse this power as a political tool to make announcements. Some say they don't like knowing they can't opt out of getting the alert. Essentially, plaintiffs are concerned that because President Donald Trump consistently "disseminates ... politically biased messages" they worry the same thing will happen with the alerts.

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