Published: Wed, October 03, 2018
IT | By Emmett Cole

Emergency alerts for smart phones to be tested Wednesday

Emergency alerts for smart phones to be tested Wednesday

"We're trying to analyse that", O'Rielly said.

"We only have to send the message one place", Warstler said.

But now there will also be an alert on your cellphone.

The system was launched in 2012.

The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Modernization Act of 2015 limits how WEA can be used. After filling in the message form, two other FEMA officials are asked to sign off on the alert - a system created to prevent false alarms, like the incorrect alert of an incoming missile that roused and terrified people in Hawaii earlier this year. So older phones with updated software may still get the alerts.

IPAWS-NOAA Gateway: This is used to deliver alerts to weather radios.

Experts didn't appear to be too concerned that Trump, known to use his smartphone to blast opponents, berate subordinates and take shots at the news media on Twitter, could abuse WEA.

Starting Thursday, FEMA will roll out 'Presidential Alerts'.

The alert, in real situations, would only be used in emergencies that affect the entire US, the Sacramento County Office of Emergency Services said. The alerts are issued at the direction of the President (or an appointee) and are activated by FEMA representatives. You can, however, turn off AMBER alerts and severe weather alerts.

The warning system "provides the president with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency", FEMA said on its website.

This is the only planned test of the EAS and WEA as of now, but that could change depending on the results of Wednesday's test. Even if you disable Amber Alerts you'll still get the test message. The agency has tested its radio and television alerts through its "Emergency Alert System" on a national level three times before, according to the federal agency. "No action is needed", it'll read.

A test of broadcast systems will happen at 2:20 p.m. EDT.

The Wireless Emergency Alert system is used to notify Americans about unsafe weather from the National Weather Service, AMBER Alerts for missing children, and other urgent situations from federal, state and local authorities. You'll hear two tones, followed by a vibration. The test will last for about 30 minutes, and cell phones that are turned on and "whose wireless provider participates in WEA" will most likely receive Trump's text. Some cell phones will not receive the test message, and cell phones should only receive the message once. "No action is required". If your cell is on and you have service, you will likely receive it and can not stop it. This means that any compatible cellphones that are switched on and within range of an active cell tower should receive the alert.

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