Nationwide test of presidential emergency alert system scheduled for Wednesday

Nationwide test of presidential emergency alert system scheduled for Wednesday

Because this is a Presidential Alert, cellphone users can not opt out of receiving Wednesday's test, per FEMA.

During the test, compatible cell phones that are switched on, within range of an active cell tower, and whose wireless provider participates in WEA should be capable of receiving the test message.

FEMA released an image of what the "Presidential Alert" message will look like (pictured above). "No action is needed".

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The test message, as with other WEA alerts like severe-weather warnings, will include a special tone and vibration, both repeated twice.

A second test of the national Emergency Alert System, the kind that typically appears on TV and radio, will follow at 2:20 p.m. ET.

For more information on the test, visit the FEMA website here.

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The MEMA website says that the system provides the president with the ability to communicate with the nation in times of a national emergency.

While the system was set up following an executive order signed in 2006 by President George W. Bush, the announcement last month that the test would be sent sparked some controversy, triggering the specter for some of President Donald Trump using the alerts the way he does Twitter. It's the fourth national EAS test. These types of alerts would be sent in the event of major national emergency, such as a mass terrorism event. Neither Trump nor any other USA president will be able to use the WEA system for any goal other than alerting citizens about a national emergency, according to FEMA.

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