Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

National Wireless Emergency Alert System Set to Test Sept. 20

The alert will look like a text Image Credit FEMA The alert will look like a text
Ginger Lawrence | 15 September, 2018, 23:07

This is the first time FEMA has tested its Wireless Emergency Alert system on the presidential level in hopes to work out the kinks, the agency said in a press release this week.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is testing a new "presidential alert" system nationwide for the first time next week that will make it possible for Donald Trump to directly message almost everyone in the nation who has a cell phone.

In the test next week everyone will receive a message that will look like a text and will be headed "Presidential Alert", said FEMA.

"The EAS [Emergency Alert System] is a national public warning system that provides the President with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency", FEMA said.

You don't need to take any action for the test.

DHS&EM operations chief Bryan Fisher said that Alaska feedback is important as communications in the state differ from the Lower 48.

All major wireless firms and more than 100 mobile carriers are participating in the new Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) program that allows for presidential alerts, FEMA wrote in a Thursday statement.

When the alert comes, a tone and vibration will sound off twice - the same sound that is used for AMBER alerts and weather warnings.

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Unlike the president's tweets, officials have assured that system will not be used for political messages.

"THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System".

An EAS message will also be sent out at the same time.

Even though experts explained to The Hill the national emergency notification system has for decades remained "professional and impartial", those opposed to the president did not welcome FEMA's announcement.

At about the same time on September 20, FEMA will also run a test of the Emergency Alert System on television and radio.

You've probably already heard of the Emergency Alert System, which sends a national public warning via radio and television in the event of an emergency and conducts periodic tests.

FEMA will also run a test of its Emergency Alert System (EAS) for radio and television broadcasters the same day, beginning two minutes after the WEA test.