No Cellphone Left Behind: U.S. to Test ‘Presidential Alert’ System

President Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House

President Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House

Aside from a few pertinent details about the alert (and the legalities supporting its existence), FEMA also released a mock-up image of what the message will look like on a smartphone. "No action is needed", officials said.

Alerts for some systems, such as weather radio alerts and Amber alerts for endangered children, typically need to be issued independently of one another. It has grown more sophisticated since it was created in the 1950s, and now includes a system to send warnings to cellphones, too.

The alert will come with a distinct tone and vibration. It will be provided by all the major carriers.

The test was originally scheduled for September 20, but was postponed due to ongoing response from Hurricane Florence.

You can click on the "Related Link" with this story to go directly to FEMA's website with additional information about what to expect. Future text alerts could be used to inform Americans how to find their designated Trump Radioactivity Fallout Camps and where to collect their delicious Trump Steak, Trump Water, and Trump Potassium Iodide rations.

Okay, So What is a Presidential Alert? No POTUS has ever sent a nationwide WEA, so tomorrow will mark history, according to FEMA's page. The goal is to warn residents of national emergencies, such as unsafe weather.

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Then who pushes the button?

"If you separate this from the politics and personality of any individual president then this is a great idea and an fantastic use of technology to reach everybody if they're in harms way", said Karen North, director of the Annenberg Digital Social Media program at the University of Southern California. IPAWS is designed as a way to coordinate public safety alerts at the national level, whether those alerts are intended for the entire nation or a more targeted local area. Of course, you're cutting off all communication for your phone so you won't get any calls or other messages.

Cellphones that are set on silent will display a visual message.

THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System. That means everyone's smart phone will blare out an Amber Alert-like alarm at the same time.

What about the other screens in my life?

Radio and television will immediately follow with a test, as well. The text will say: "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System".

If this had been an actual emergency alert, an official message would have followed the alert tone you heard at the start of this message. The message received will simply say "THIS IS A TEST. No action is required". The alerts will sound as long as the device is turned on - even if it's on mute or do not disturb, and it may also appear on smart watches, officials said.

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