The Emergency Alert System will also be tested right after the WEAd alert is sent. Out. Cell phone users can opt out of natural disaster or missing children alerts.
Don't freak out when you get a text from the government on October 3. "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.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is testing a new warning system.
When the WEA test alert is issued, assuming nothing goes wrong, smartphone owners throughout the United States will see a message that says Presidential Alert as the sender, followed by the message: "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System". If you've ever received one of those Amber Alerts on your phone, the October 3 alert will pop up similarly. The test message will have a header that reads "Presidential Alert" and a text that says, "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System".
Cell phones compatible with WEA will automatically get an alert on their phones like they do with weather threats and AMBER alerts.
You can expect to see the alert pop up on your phone at 1:18 p.m. CT so long as you have your phone turned on, are within range of a cell tower, and if your wireless provider is part of the WEA system.
If you receive an actual alert, how will you communicate with your family? "No action is needed". Carriers across the country will participate in the test, meaning that most - but not all - mobile users will receive the message with no ability to opt out, the agency said in a statement last week.
"A system like this seems necessary in an era where most people are disconnected from "live" media like radio and television", Groeling said.
On Thursday, the government plans to test that system.
The test is supposed to take place at 2:18 p.m. EDT on September 20. Users can not opt out of the WEA test.