This test will be heard on cell phones, radio, television, and cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers. The FCC proposed and created the alert network in 2007 in response to an act passed by Congress in 2006-the Warning, Alert, and Response Network (WARN) Act.
The WEA is an alerting network in the United States created to disseminate emergency alerts to mobile devices such as cell phones and pagers.
System and Emergency Alert System (EAS)?
The objective of the test is to ensure that EAS and WEA are both effective means of warning the public about emergencies, particularly those on the national level.
Johnson said the new alert is created to be used very specifically and rarely. Users can not opt out of receiving the WEA test.
Okay, So What is a Presidential Alert? In a real-life situation, the President or his designee would issue an order to send an alert with information regarding a national emergency. The alerts are issued at the direction of the President (or an appointee) and are activated by FEMA representatives.
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The EAS is a national public warning system that provides the U.S. President with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency.
Set to begin at 11:18 a.m. Last week, three New Yorkers filed a lawsuit against President Trump and FEMA in attempt to block Wednesday's test of the system, saying it violates their First and Fourth Amendment rights. While "no action is needed" on the part of recipients, the only way to dodge the notification, accompanying tone and vibration is to turn off your handset between 2:17 and 2:49 p.m.
Wednesday, FEMA will also run a test of its emergency alert system for radio and television broadcasters, beginning two minutes after the WEA test.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it'll sound like an Amber Alert or flood warning. You won't get it if you aren't in range of a cell tower, for instance, or if your phone is switched off. Others will not. No action is required.
Tomorrow - Wednesday October 3 - your phone will receive a text message; assuming you're in the USA, that is, and use Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T or Sprint as your carrier. Pacific Time, it may take several minutes for the alert to reach your phone. That's one of the things they are testing.