FEMA to Test ‘Presidential Alert System’ Wednesday


"We don't want Tennesseans to be surprised when they see, or hear, the alert on television or radio, and also receive it on their mobile devices".

But now there will also be an alert on your cellphone.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Federal Communications Commission will conduct a nationwide test of its emergency alert system at 2:18 p.m. October 3.

THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System. "No action is needed" and will display the header "Presidential Alert".

How Wednesday's nationwide emergency alert test message might look on an iPhone. This will be the fourth nationwide EAS test and the first nationwide WEA test.

The test was postponed due to "response and recovery efforts after Hurricane Florence".

Extreme and Severe Threats: These alerts are used to alert the public to imminent safety threats, and are mostly used for weather warnings.

The system represents collaboration between FEMA and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and was originally planned for September 20.

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Wednesday afternoon, at exactly 2:18 p.m. ET, you can expect to get a text headlined "Presidential Alert" on your cellphone.

Cell phones that are turned on and within the range of an active cell tower are expected to receive the message. But in general, the process calls for the president - or his representative - to authorize FEMA to send an alert on the White House's behalf.

A text from President Trump will come to most phones on Wednesday.

It will come through a system already integrated in Hamilton County. "Getting clear and accurate information to those facing an emergency is critical in helping protect the public".

In the two years it has been in the county, monthly tests have been issued, but no official alert has been pushed. That's because both types of messages are sent through the same Federal Emergency Management Agency system. No POTUS has ever sent a nationwide WEA, so tomorrow will mark history, according to FEMA's page.

It is scheduled to come through on smart phones some time after 1:18 p.m. The tone is one you should be familiar with.

"Presidential Alert", the message will read. Personal messages, campaign messages, and other political messages aren't permitted.

WEA was technically launched in April of 2012, but this will be the first time FEMA has tested the system on the presidential level in hopes to work out the kinks, the agency said in a press release this week.