Published: Sun, October 07, 2018
IT | By Darin Griffith

FEMA to Send Out Mass Test Alert Today

FEMA to Send Out Mass Test Alert Today

The first test of the national wireless emergency system by the Federal Emergency Management Agency is shown on a cellular phone in Detroit, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018.

Several people used Twitter and other social media to note they failed to receive the test presidential alert sent by FEMA on Wednesday at 2:18 p.m. ET. "No action is needed".

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is coordinating with the Federal Communications Commission to send out a "Presidential Alert".

"The Communications Act of 1934 established the authority for the President to use certain private sector communications systems for priority communications, such as sending alert and warning messages to the public, during national emergencies", said FEMA in a FAQ explaining the test.

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"People who expect to be driving at the time of the test should be prepared to hear the alert tone and either pull over before checking their phones or wait until they arrive at their destination", Ashbridge said.

"This test is meant to ensure public safety officials have the methods and systems in place that will deliver urgent alerts and warnings to the public in times of emergency or disaster", according to a FEMA statement. The Wireless Emergency Alert system, or WEA, is used to warn the public about unsafe weather, missing children and other critical situations through alerts on cellphones.

The wireless alert system was launched in 2012.

Can we opt out?

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Ms Failla called the constitutional questions raised by the lawsuit significant and urged the litigants to find lawyers to help them proceed.

Assistant US attorney Anthony Sun said telephones were being added to a century-old alert system that is controlled by law.

More information can be found here: FEMA. The EAS is a national public warning system that allows the President the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency via radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers. "I thought that was the entire Trump presidency", actor and activist George Takei tweeted.

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