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Most US cell phones to receive 'Presidential Alert' text on Wednesday

Most US cell phones to receive 'Presidential Alert' text on Wednesday

The test was originally planned for September 20 but was rescheduled as a result of Hurricane Florence.

You will also see/hear a test message on your television and radio that will last about one minute.

What will be sent out Wednesday afternoon is just a test. "FEMA and the nation's emergency management community remain committed to the life-saving activities occuring through parts of North Carolina and SC", a FEMA spokesperson explained.

3, a nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alert system will commence at 1:18 p.m. CST., followed by a national test of the Emergency Alert System at 1:20 p.m. "Do you have a cell phone?"

From coast to coast, phones will light up with the most attractive emergency notification flashes and sounds heralding an important "Presidential Alert".

It will come through a system already integrated in Hamilton County.

A special alert will run across the screen of your smartphone on Wednesday. It has grown more sophisticated since it was created in the 1950s, and now includes a system to send warnings to cellphones, too.

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"The amount of coverage that they are assessed from the cell towers, so there's really nothing we can do about that", Maxwell explained.

According to Variety, unless you're in the middle of a phone call or have turned off your device altogether, you will receive the "Presidential Alert" sometime at 2:18 p.m. ET or in the half-hour period after. You'll hear two tones, followed by a vibration.

Older phones without updated software won't be impacted. Personal messages, campaign messages, and other political messages aren't permitted. The alert would be used in the event of a major nationwide emergency. The alerts are issued at the direction of the President (or an appointee) and are activated by FEMA representatives. The alert will not interrupt a phone call or an active data session, though FEMA and the FTC are working to make sure the information reaches more people.

The Wireless Emergency Alert system is used to warn the public about unsafe weather, missing children, and other critical situations through cell phone alerts.

"Now you know you say presidential alert and some people are thinking, 'Aw man, I see President Trump sending out Twitter messages all day long". Alerts are created and sent by authorized federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial governmental agencies through IPAWS to participating wireless providers, which deliver the alerts to compatible handsets in geo-targeted areas.

FEMA officials use a device that's "very similar to a laptop computer", the senior FEMA official said.

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