Presidential Alert text message to test WEA is now delayed until next month

Presidential Alert text message to test WEA is now delayed until next month
Remember the initial test of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system we told you to be prepared for on September 20th? The text, prefaced by a ear-piercing loud tone similar to the one used on Amber Alerts, is called a 'Presidential Alert' and cellphone users cannot opt-out of receiving it. The texts are supposed to be used to convey warnings related to the weather, missing children, and other emergencies.

The test of the WEA system and the 'Presidential Alert' has been pushed back to Wednesday October 3rd. One reason for the delay is that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is in charge of the WEA system, has its hands full with Hurricane Florence rescue efforts.

Speaking of responses, social media response to the initial news about the testing went about as well as you might expect. Many questioned the legality of not being allowed to opt-out of a text from the president, even if it is related to an emergency situation. Others were concerned about the WEA system being used to for political purposes by the current president, similar to how he uses his Twitter account.

100 carriers have agreed to send the WEA messages to their subscribers. Those who don't want to be forced to receive the text are threatening to cancel their service or turn off their phone during the test, which is scheduled to be sent at 2:18pm EDT two weeks from tomorrow. But the text will be broadcast over cell towers for 30 minutes, meaning that those who want to miss it will need to have their phone turned off until 2:49pm EDT on October 3rd.

According to tech security researcher Stephen Cobb, people are willing to pass up the benefits of having a national emergency system because they are afraid that President Trump is going to abuse the system. Jeramie Scott, director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center’s Domestic Surveillance Project, would like to hear more about the WEA system, which he calls intrusive because it stops all communications to your phone while it processes the message. Scott would prefer that the U.S. stick to the Emergency Alert System (EAS), which sends warnings over radio and television.

source: NBCNews

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18 Comments

1. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 997; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Oh great, I can avoid 45's tweets but now he'll have a way to force his thoughts to my phone....

2. Landon

Posts: 1232; Member since: May 07, 2015

"So much winning! No collusion! Fake News!" I can already imagine the nonsensical bulls**t he'll send.

5. rouyal

Posts: 1566; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I can’t wait. I’m already dreaming of the tears now

3. jonathanfiuwx

Posts: 178; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

you really are being way over dramatic. presidential alerts are for cases like invasion or nuclear war

6. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3089; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

That's for real presidents, God knows what this jerkoff may do.

8. Awalker

Posts: 1958; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Yep. You never know with that imbecile in the White House. There should be a way to opt out.

4. newbey123

Posts: 696; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

As long as I can delete and block that dotard from my phone. I wouldn't trust anything coming from him anyway. So keep your orange cheeto hands off my text messages.

12. ZombieHunter

Posts: 264; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

You are as dumb as the other libs. You know he can't send these from his personal phone right? These are emergency action messages. Don't worry, you'll still be able to go to your cry closet and curse liberty.

14. Landon

Posts: 1232; Member since: May 07, 2015

Clearly you're a Trump supporter I have to ask: what would it take from Trump for you to disavow him? Not everyone (including myself) is a liberal just because we hate the guy.

16. ZombieHunter

Posts: 264; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Well, It wouldn't take much. Maybe a crime or if he did something really wrong that impacts the nation. So far, Everything is going great, the economy is booming, unemployment rate is the best in decades, etc. he has committed no crimes, there have been no scandals (Except the made up ones that the liberals create daily). What have the Democratic party done for you lately? Think about it. Think hard! If you are mad because he isn't politically correct (He wasn't a career politician), get over it. You don't have to like the guy, he's a jerk, but what he is doing.... is working for America... You can't deny that. I am only voted for Trump because the libs put Hillary on the soap box, and that would have destroyed what was left of America after Obama did his thing with his henchmen.

7. MarmiteTheDog

Posts: 187; Member since: Jul 31, 2017

Will it sent an alert when he gets empeached?

11. ZombieHunter

Posts: 264; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

You know that will never happen. An actual crime has to be committed to be impeached. You know, like Bill Clinton lying under oath.. Stuff that Democrats do most often. So, don't worry you won't get any alerts. Oh, and it is IMPEACHED you backwoods hillbilly.

15. ibap

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

At a minimum, actual crime already committed. He's on that lease for the DC hotel, which no government employee (which he is, even if he thinks he's king) can legally be on. Oh, and the obstruction acts.

17. ZombieHunter

Posts: 264; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Oh, I am sorry.... You have proof of this? Yeah, just because the libs say it, doesn't mean it's true... and in these cases, it isn't true.

18. ZombieHunter

Posts: 264; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

That will never happen, but it will send an alert when he gets re-elected.

13. patroni0

Posts: 56; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

Oh god no thanks

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