President Donald Trump will send out a Presidential Alert to every smart phone in the US today at 2:18pm ET in order to test out a new emergency service that’s being compared to the Amber Alert system, and it’s a mandatory signal which you cannot opt out of. Your smart phone will receive a Presidential Alert at 2:18pm, and TV’s and Radio’s will be interrupted at 2:20pm on Wednesday.
The Presidential Alert and a second Emergency Alert System are similar to Amber Alerts in case of child abduction, or similar to weather warning alerts, where an alarm goes off, sending you a message of reassurance or forewarning.
Trump’s Presidential Alert test are in collaboration with the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The test was originally planned for September 20th, but was delayed until today due to Hurricane Florence.
Today, every smart phone in America will receive a Presidential Alert via a Wireless Emergency Alert System, which Donald Trump is using in case of a national emergency. This new test is being conducted with FEMA, and everyone within range of a working cell phone tower will receive a message on their screen along with a sound.
The FEMA website states that the cell phone’s network provider must participate in WEA in order for the message to go through. Around 100 networks have deals with FEMA, and the alerts are expected to reach 95% of Americans on their cell phones.
There is no need to respond to the alert, as the message of the alert will reportedly be: ‘THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.’
The use of a special tone and vibrations broadcast twice, it will guarantee people’s attention throughout the country, with another message arriving two minutes later.
The second tone or message will be a test of the Emergency Alert System which looks at the effectiveness of sending a message via broadcast, cable, satellite and wireless providers. TV and radio broadcasts will also be interrupted, with FEMA and the FCC looking for the “operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.”
FEMA will be asking for feedback, but the message alert system is the same used in warning people of critical situations, such as is already in place with dangerous weather.
The alert will state in the second message, “If this had been an actual emergency an official message would have followed the tone alert you heard at the start of this message.”
“A similar wireless emergency alert test message has been sent to all cell phones nationwide. Some cell phones will receive the message; others will not.”
People on Twitter reacted to the news in different ways, mostly positively, but what is clear, as FEMA reassured users about the service is, that it will not be used for any other reason than for ‘national emergencies’.
Truly exciting news today of safety alerts, and within being in direct contact with the public in this way overall, it’s imperative for the safety and well-being of US citizens.
This is yet another great idea from President Donald Trump, so if you’re stateside and you’re connected in range of a cellphone tower, expect your phone to be going off with an alert this afternoon or this morning on the West coast.
“Safety first” as they say. Just imagine the possibilities in being able to be in direct contact with citizens in this way, bypassing any falsities and keeping your citizens safe and informed.
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