Emergency alert test going out to mobile phones nationwide

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"No action is needed" and will display the header "Presidential Alert". Instead of waiting for an emergency presidential address on your television, the president and FEMA can reach the public faster - via your text inbox. You'll hear two tones, followed by a vibration.

The Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) test will begin at 2:18 pm followed by a one-minute television and radio broadcast message at 2:20 pm.

You'll soon be getting a message on your phone from the President of the United States - whether you are a supporter or not. "No action is required". People with cellphones also won't be able to avoid receiving actual Presidential Alerts in the case of an actual major national emergency.

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Real emergencies that can prompt a WEA message include AMBER alerts, extreme weather, other localized threats and Presidential Alerts during a national emergency. Thats assuming all goes as planned with the new system for sending emergency alerts nationwide.

The WEA, launched in 2012, can be traced back to the 2006 Warning, Alert, and Response Network Act passed by Congress to fund a new emergency alert system called for by President George W. Bush.

The WEA test message will be sent to cell phones that are connected to wireless providers participating in WEA.

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FEMA officials say the test will last about a half-hour so some people may get it at different times.

This test is to asses the infrastructure for distributing a national message and determine whether or not improvements need to be made. They're working to make sure the system can support delivery of messages in more languages in the future.

Find out more on the FEMA website. "It has some direct impact on either life or safety". "Testing our resources regularly ensures the abilities of first responders to save lives". It's the fourth national EAS test. It is being completed in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission.

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A nationwide test is scheduled to take place on Wednesday to cell phones, TV and Radio.

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