Presidential Mobile Alerts Set To Role Out For Nationwide Emergency Message

posted by Jessica Goodman - 

Don't be surprised Oct. 3 when a presidential alert arrives.

Posted by CNET on Monday, September 17, 2018

Not getting enough tweets from President Trump? Well now, he will have the ability to send a Presidential Alert but only for nationwide emergencies so don't worry you won't get a text from Trump asking how your day is or about Fake News! 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is conducting a nationwide test of its Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts on Oct. 3, 2018 at 2:18 p.m. ET.

The test of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, or IPAWS, is supposed to determine the readiness of the president to send out a nationwide message in case of emergency. If you've ever received one of those Amber Alerts on your phone, the Oct. 3 alert will pop up similarly. FEMA says the test will have the banner "Presidential Alert" and read, "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed."

The Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) test message will be sent out to every cellphone with a wireless carrier that participates in the WEA program. FEMA says that WEA has over 100 participating carriers, including the largest providers, so odds are your phone will get this message.

In actuality this is probably a good thing so everyone is on the same page about a national emergency. Remember when you see this alert on October 3rd, it's just a test! 

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