" Wednesday: Presidential Alert to be Tested " The heartbeat of the lakewood community

Pauline Obrien
October 3, 2018

Well, sort of. At that time, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) which oversees the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system, will test the new "Presidential Alert".

The first test of President Donald Trump's Emergency Text Alert System will take place Wednesday. "No action is needed", the message will read, according to FEMA, which says the alert will have a loud tone and a "special vibration".

The Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system proper was created in 2012, but it's actually been around longer than that.

Cellphone users can not opt out of the test, which uses the same special tone and vibration as AMBER alerts and tornado warnings.

"THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System". You'll know you've gotten the message if the header reads "Presidential Alert".

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The WEA is in addition to the Emergency Alert System, or EAS, which has been utilized for decades via broacast outlets.

"This test is meant to ensure public safety officials have the methods and systems in place that will deliver urgent alerts and warnings to the public in times of emergency or disaster", according to a FEMA statement. WEA may also be referred to as "government alerts" or "emergency alerts".

The content of the message will also make it clear you've received the test message.

Originally scheduled for September 20, the test was postponed until Wednesday because of the federal government's disaster relief efforts in response to Hurricane Florence.

The test has been scheduled to ensure that the alert system would work in the event of a national emergency. This will be the fourth EAS test and first WEA test.

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The WEA portion of the test commences at 11:18 a.m., and the EAS portion follows at 11:20 a.m.

"The idea behind this is to be able to reach any type of device that people would use for communication", he said.

An actual alert would be used for an impending missile attack or other national emergencies.

A second alert on television broadcasts and radio will go off at 2:20 p.m. EDT. This test will last about a minute and will will be similar to the regular monthly test message. "No action is required".

When will I get the alert?

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