Come Thursday (9/20), unless delayed by a real emergency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the FCC are on track to conduct a combined nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system.
The Trump administration will send a test message to all United States cellphones on Thursday for a new alert system that aims to warn the public about national emergencies.
Users whose service providers participate in the test, whose phones are on and within range of a cell phone tower will first hear a tone and vibration - twice.
The Wireless Emergency Alerts portion of the test commences at 12:18 p.m. MDT, and the Emergency Alert System portion follows at 12:20 p.m. MDT.
"Users may opt of receiving alerts in the imminent threat and AMBER categories but can not opt out of receiving Presidential alerts", FEMA said. "No action is needed", the message will read, due to be sent out on Thursday at 2:18pm ET.
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Unlike the president's tweets, officials have assured that system will not be used for political messages.
The WEA test is similar to the monthly EAS message.
This methodology used to be developed by broadcast and cable operators in voluntary cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Fee, and native authorities to keep up you suggested within the event of an emergency. A message will be pushed to every available platform during the test, allowing agencies to study the effectiveness of each system.
Former President Barack Obama signed a law in 2016 requiring FEMA to create a system that lets USA presidents send cellphone alerts regarding public safety issues like natural disasters and "terrorism".
If there is hazardous weather anywhere in the country, the test will be postponed until Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at the same scheduled times.