For the first time, every American will get a text from President Trump tomorrow.
Plaintiffs compare the alert system to "hijacking private property for the goal of planting a Government-controlled loudspeaker in the home and on the person of every American".
FEMA's National Wireless Emergency Alert System is frequently used to warn the public about risky weather, missing children, and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones. The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. EDT, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT.
"Users can not opt out of receiving the (Wireless Emergency Alert) test", notes FEMA. "No action is needed", officials said.
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Cell towers will broadcast the Presidential Alert for 30 minutes, but each phone "should only receive the message once", according to FEMA. That test will assess the effectiveness of sending out "a national message and determine whether improvements are needed". This is just a test, and it has been planned for some time.
Users will not be able to block or otherwise opt out of the test "Presidential Alert" message.
FEMA officials say they expect the alert to reach 75 percent of wireless-enabled devices, including cell phones and smartwatches.
The test was originally scheduled for September 20 but was postponed due to Hurricane Florence recovery efforts. This system is used to notify the public about "dangerous weather, missing children, and other regionally critical situations through alerts on cellular phones", the release said.
The message is arriving as a part of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system, which broadcasts messages to the public when they need to be informed about risky situations.