First-ever Presidential Alert is ready to go out to every US phone in WEA test

First-ever Presidential Alert is ready to go out to every US phone in WEA test
A “Presidential Alert” is finally headed your way this afternoon, but fret not, Donald Trump is not technically in charge of its content, so there should be no mention of any liberal conspiracy aimed at discrediting Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Instead, this is simply a routine test of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System, which the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had to put off from its originally scheduled September 20 date due to “ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence.”

If no other national disaster breaks out over the next few hours (and no, tax fraud allegations on Trump don’t qualify for national disaster status), every single US cell phone connected to wireless providers participating in WEA (Wireless Emergency Alerts) will be buzzing around 2:18 p.m. EDT.

As long as your phone is switched on and within range of an active cell tower, the alert should pop up no later than 30 minutes after the beginning of the test broadcast. While “no action is needed” on the part of recipients, the only way to dodge the notification, accompanying tone and vibration is to turn off your handset between 2:17 and 2:49 p.m.

Don’t worry, the system is unlikely to be abused, aiming to warn the public only in instances of dangerous weather, missing children, and other “critical situations.” In addition to the Wireless Emergency Alert on your phone, you may see a warning displayed on television and broadcasted on radio at 2:20 p.m. EDT as part of EAS (Emergency Alert System) testing.

This is scheduled to last approximately one minute, following similar experiments conducted in November 2011, September 2016, and September 2017. Unlike EAS, the WEA system will be tested on a national stage for the first time ever later today, so all eyes are on the FCC and wireless carriers. A number of things could obviously go terribly wrong, starting with poor Presidential Alert distribution.

source: FEMA via Homeland Security (Twitter)

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11 Comments

1. SyCo87

Posts: 293; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

That's good. I like being informed.

2. civicsr2cool

Posts: 261; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

Gotta include some ORANGEMANBAD content wherever you can eh? lol TRUMP2020

4. TechNeck

Posts: 647; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

He isn't exactly a good person, so I don't know why y'all are defending him.

8. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Being a good person is subjective, Ill admit, but he’s been a damn good President.

9. thxultra

Posts: 440; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

He is a awful president... wait till the fall out hits. Banks are back to lose lending practices that lead to the real estate crash of 2008. He is rolling back air quality protections (umm cancer). He is putting justices in the supreme court that will weaken workers rights. His trade deals aren't that great. The one with Canada and Mexico is a rebranded version of the tpp. Tell me again what he has done that makes him "a damn good president?" I love people freaking out though about this test it has nothing to do with Trump it is the Emergency Alert system not some toy the president uses to send what every they want.

11. tedkord

Posts: 17181; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

He's been the worst president of my half century lifetime. By a significant margin. And, being a good person isn't subjective. Good people don't lie every sentence. They don't cheat on their spouses. They aren't racists. They don't sexually assault others. They don't mock disabilities. Republicans used to understand this, back when they claimed that character counts, and being a draft dodging, lying adulterer meant being unqualified to be President. You know, back during the 90s.

3. ZombieHunter

Posts: 265; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Can't wait for libs to freak out.... well.... freak out more anyway...

5. gamehead unregistered

Thank God Trump isnt in charge of it.

6. thedizzle

Posts: 191; Member since: Oct 05, 2017

Lol right he'd try to tweet out messages on it.

7. doublestandardz

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 06, 2018

this was news like yesterday evening, talk about late to the plate.

10. Awalker

Posts: 1967; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I don't want any alerts from that imbecile in the White House.

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