If your cellphone gets an alert this afternoon, heres why

You’re going to get a Presidential Alert Wednesday, but it’s not from the president | The State

You’re going to get a Presidential Alert Wednesday, but it’s not from the president | The State

Only WEA compatible cell phones that are switched on and within range of an active cell tower, and whose wireless provider participates in WEA will be capable of receiving the test message.

"The fact that you can't turn this alert off, that it will be something that will arrive on your phone whether you like it or not, I think was perhaps upsetting and concerning to some people", said Andy Whitehouse, who teaches communications at Columbia University. This will be the fourth EAS test and first WEA test. The alerts are broadcast by FEMA, and must meet Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Modernization Act requirements before they can be broadcast.

"Presidential Alert", the message read.

The wireless alert system launched in 2012.

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Officials said they expected the alert would not reach all phones for a variety of reasons. The other option is to keep your phone from connecting to a cell tower.

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Whether anyone else at your location received the WEA test alert message.

The WEA system is used to warn the public about risky weather, missing children, and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones. Here's what you need to know about these "presidential" alerts.

Prior tests of the alert system were done in November 2011, September 2016, and September 2017 in collaboration with the FCC, broadcasters, and emergency management officials, according to the primer.

The buzz and tone have the same feel and sound as those used for the Amber and weather alerts.

In a legitimate emergency, an alert would be issued at the president's direction or by someone he chooses, and then activated by FEMA, the agency said.

The system is also used for lower-level alerts such as local weather warnings and AMBER Alerts, which are used to alert the public to missing children. This test will look and feel similar to the monthly EAS tests sent out on TV and radio, and it will interrupt whatever you're watching for about a minute. It featured a loud alarm, followed by vibration that lasted around one minute, and required no action.

A group of New Yorkers is suing to be able to opt out of the alert, claiming it infringes on their First Amendment rights. They failed, at least when it came to the test. J.B. It's not supposed to be used for political purposes, and it will only be used very rarely. FEMA is now testing the various alert systems as part of that integration effort. Weird. I wonder where that official got the idea that we were specifically anxious about a president who wakes up in the morning and fires off ill-advised messages.

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