Nationwide wireless emergency alert test scheduled for Wednesday

FEMA to test emergency alert system Wednesday

"No action is needed".

The emergency management agency will be testing its Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) program.

The Wireless Emergency Alert system is used to notify Americans about risky weather from the National Weather Service, AMBER Alerts for missing children, and other urgent situations from federal, state and local authorities.

While the Emergency Alert System has been tested before, the Wednesday test will be the first time the nationwide Wireless Emergency Alert system will be tested.




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. This is just a test, and it has been planned for some time.

The test was originally scheduled for September 20 but was postponed was postponed due to "ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence", emergency officials said. The alert would be used in the event of a major nationwide emergency.

Officials estimate that upwards of 225 million Americans will receive the test alert on WEA-compatible wireless devices. Users can not opt out of receiving the WEA test.

The "Presidential Alert" will use the same special tone and vibration as Tornado Warnings and AMBER Alerts. Some cell phones will receive the message; others will not. The alert will not interrupt a phone call or an active data session, though FEMA and the FTC are working to make sure the information reaches more people. Neither Trump nor any other USA president will be able to use the WEA system for any goal other than alerting citizens about a national emergency, according to FEMA.

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