Didn’t Get The Presidential Alert Test On Your Phone? Here’s Why

Didn’t Get The Presidential Alert Test On Your Phone? Here’s Why

Didn’t Get The Presidential Alert Test On Your Phone? Here’s Why

FEMA invites the public to send comments on the nationwide EAS-WEA test to FEMA-National-Test@fema.dhs.gov.

The wireless alert system was launched in 2012. "But people don't get their messages the way they used to".

"Can't wait for the first ever presidential alert saying that SNL sucks", Gervais wrote.

It could be used for less serious dispatches like telling Americans to vote in the upcoming midterms, but since the system is in FEMA's hands, we can presume it will only be used to warn us of impending disaster.

FEMA officials said Tuesday they would share test result data on how the testing went with mobile carriers to help ensure the system works well in a true emergency. Some cell phones will receive the message; others will not.

This test was originally scheduled for last month, but had to be postponed while the agency responded to Hurricane Florence.

Then, about two minutes later, another text message from the Emergency Alert System will go out to all broadcast, cable, satellite and wireless providers.

The system test is for a high-level "presidential" alert that would be used only in a nationwide emergency. President George W. Bush authorized presidential alerts in 2006, but one has never been sent before Wednesday.

"Got it!" In Seattle, the test alert arrived in the middle of the GeekWire Summit. The alert can not be a personal message on behalf of the president.

The national EAS and WEA test messages were successfully originated and disseminated through FEMA's IPAWS to the wireless provider gateways and EAS message servers. The notification will sound like the AMBER alert or extreme weather alert. But unlike weather and Amber alerts, individuals won't be able to opt out of these Presidential Alerts.

For more information, you can check out this FEMA document.

You got it just now, right? "No action is required".

"This is similar to what has been going on for decades on the television", said O'Connell.

The law establishing the alert says it can not be sent out for any reason other than "a natural disaster, act of terrorism or other man-made disaster or threat to public safety", according to NowThis.

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