Most US cell phones to receive 'Presidential Alert' text on Wednesday

Most US cell phones to receive 'Presidential Alert' text on Wednesday

Most US cell phones to receive 'Presidential Alert' text on Wednesday

The WEA test message will be sent to cell phones that are connected to wireless providers participating in WEA.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency website notes that this is the fourth EAS test but just the first test conducted on all wireless devices. "No action is needed", officials said.

The Presidential Alert was originally scheduled to be sent out September 20, but was postponed because FEMA was preoccupied with "response efforts to Hurricane Florence".

The message Wednesday will read "Presidential Alert: This is a test of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System".

Tomorrow, at around 2:18PM Eastern (11:18AM Pacific), you'll get a text message flagged as a "Presidential Alert".

FEMA officials say the test will last about a half-hour so some people may get it at different times.

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A "Presidential Alert" sent to wireless phones and across the EAS would be issued in the event of an actual national emergency, such as a declaration of war or coordinated terrorist attacks, as determined by the president or the president's designee.

The WEA test will be broadcast over the course of about 30 minutes and sound the same as an AMBER Alert. It's only a test-but you can't opt out.

The nationwide test will pop a message box up on your phone, accompanied by a tone and vibration.

Cell phones must be turned on and within range of an active cell tower to receive the test message, and some phones may not receive the message at all.

The EAS is a national public warning system that provides the President with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency. "No action is required".

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