Funniest, Best Tweets About FEMA's New 'Presidential Alert' System

Clay Curtis
September 18, 2018

The wireless emergency alerts (WEA) system was authorized by Congress in 2015 under a law that states the "system shall not be used to transmit a message that does not relate to a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster or threat to public safety". A similar wireless emergency alert test message has been sent to all cell phones nationwide.

On Thursday, you can expect the alert to arrive at 2:18 pm on your cell phone, then two minutes later on your TV and radio.

For more information, visit FEMA's website which contains answers to many questions about they system and the test.

The Trump administration has delayed until next month plans to send a message to all US cellphones testing a previously unused presidential alert system that aims to warn the public about national emergencies, officials said on Monday. Cell phone users can opt out of natural disaster or missing children alerts.

The WEA portion of the test begins at 11:18 a.m. PDT, and the EAS portion follows at 11:20 a.m. PDT. FEMA says the test will have the banner "Presidential Alert" and read, "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System".

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The Emergency Alert System will also be tested right after the WEAd alert is sent. Out.

FEMA announced Monday that the "Presidental Alert" test has been moved to October 3 due to ongoing Hurricane Florence response.

According to FEMA, the test is meant to "assess operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed". Carriers across the country will participate in the test, meaning that most - but not all - mobile users will receive the message with no ability to opt out, the agency said in a statement last week.

The test has been scheduled to ensure that the alert system would work in the event of a national emergency, and U.S. cellphone users will not be able to opt out. "No action is needed".

The original test was supposed to occur on September 20, but has been rescheduled to its October 3 backup date. Users can not opt out of the WEA test.

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