Emergency alert test going out to mobile phones nationwide

Emergency alert test going out to mobile phones nationwide

Cellphone users can opt out of most alerts through the Integrated National Public Warning System, which the Federal Emergency Management Agency uses to transmit the messages, but presidential alerts will be mandatory.

It is the first test of the national wireless emergency system by FEMA.

Things are a little more sophisticated now, but basically the same minute-long, Emergency Alert System test is conducted every month or so on broadcast, cable, and satellite TV and radio.

You can expect it to sound like an Amber Alert or flood warning, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The Presidential Alert Emergency System will also be broadcast over television and radio. "No action is needed".

The EAS test is expected to follow at 2:20 p.m. Your phone may alert you that the test message has arrived in a slightly different manner than normal text notifications, FEMA says.

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Government officials estimated that the alert would reach upwards of 225 million USA cellphones, or around 75 percent of all phones. The text should arrive from 11:18AM PT / 2:18PM ET, and it will feature the dramatic heading of Presidential Alert. Nicholas, Kristine Rakowsky and Liane Nikitovich-the suit (pdf) claims the presidential alert system violates "Americans' First and Fourth Amendment rights to be free from government-compelled listening, as well as warrantless, non-consensual trespass into and seizure of their cellular devices".

■ Amber alerts, an emergency response that disseminates information about a missing person (usually a child), by media broadcasting or electronic roadway signs.

The WEA alert will reach any cellphone that is connected to a wireless provider participating in the test, switched on and within active range of a cell tower. In a background briefing for reporters, a senior FEMA official conceded there is no opting out of the alert but said the system is very well governed. The test message will be similar to regular monthly EAS test messages with which the public is familiar.

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.

If this had been an actual emergency alert, an official message would have followed the alert tone you heard at the start of this message. Others will not. No action is required.

A group of New Yorkers filed a lawsuit in federal court in NY arguing they should not be compelled to receive the alerts under their right to free speech.

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