Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Emergency Alert To Hit Cell Phones This Afternoon

Americans Can't Opt Out of Today's 'Presidential Alert' What Is the “Presidential Alert” Popup on Your Phone Today?
Mandy Jefferson | 05 October, 2018, 03:39

It's only a test, so there's nothing to worry about.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which will send the alert, explained that the text will be titled, "Presidential Alert". We'll try to keep them to a minimum, though.

The fact that it seems some of our nation's citizens are actually anxious, some in jest but others in reality, that the president might abuse the system to distribute his own personal musings to everyone in the country just shows how twisted and unrealistic an image so many have of President Trump. It was originally named the Personal Localized Alerting Network (PLAN), was later renamed the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS), and is now finally the WEA.

When news of these presidential alerts were first publicized, meanwhile, some characterized them as a way for President Trump to send out nationwide texts to everyone as simply as he might send a tweet.

FEMA didn't force wireless carriers to participate, but as NBC News notes, a lot of them did anyway.

FEMA noted that "the WEA system is used to warn the public about risky weather, missing children, and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones".

The alternative is to buy a phone which isn't WEA-compatible, but most newer wireless phones are.

While users may opt out of alerts for weather or missing children, any "presidential" alert cannot be opt-ed out of.

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It's a robust system that helps ensure public safety alerts can reach a large percentage of the population.

It's called the "presidential alert", but the President doesn't actually write it. The NWS has already been broadcasting alerts to localities under a severe or special weather advisory, but this is the first national test - it's meant to communicate integral messages regarding imminent national security threats. Alerts of this type are typically sent to targeted geographic regions. They are also typically sent to targeted geographic regions. This system is part of a test of the FEMA infrastructure test of readiness in case of emergency but will be controlled under the power of Trump.

What Can I Expect Today?

The test was mandated under a 2015 law that said one must be run at least once every three years.

Cellphone users can opt out of getting Amber Alerts and other local or regional warnings. "No action is needed", the message states. It was sent by FEMA as a test of the system. After filling in the message form, two other FEMA officials are asked to sign off on the alert - a system created to prevent false alarms, like the incorrect alert of an incoming missile that roused and terrified people in Hawaii earlier this year. "No action is required".

No matter what you were doing or where you were, everyone got the same alert. It is scheduled to last approximately one minute. If you weren't in range of a cell tower or if your phone was switched off, you probably missed the message.

"It just seems weird that you can always have access to me", student Lexi Clark said.

You will not be charged for this message, the alerts do not collect any data, and the alerts do not have any tracking capabilities.

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