FEMA to test a national emergency alert system

FEMA to test a national emergency alert system

FEMA to test a national emergency alert system

"The Presidential Alert system, which is compulsory and can not be opted out of, violates these rights because it is tantamount to hijacking private property for the objective of planting a Government-controlled loudspeaker in the home and on the person of every American", the complaint filed last Wednesday by Jason Nicholas, Kristine Rakowsky and Liane Nikitovich says.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency plans its first test of a system for sending nationwide wireless messages to USA cellphones and some smartwatches.

Two minutes later, the EAS test takes place - this is the system used by the President to send out messages during national emergencies via radio, television and other platforms. Cellular towers will broadcast the alert for about 30 minutes.

UCLA communications professor Tim Groeling agreed, writing via email, "broadcast-based emergency alert systems. have remained professional and impartial over decades". Of course, you're cutting off all communication for your phone so you won't get any calls or other messages.

If you've ever received an Amber Alert on your phone, the WEA test might look similar. Users can not opt out of receiving this WEA test.

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"Presidential Alert", the screen will say. In the event of a national emergency, a Presidential WEA alert would be issued at the direction of the President and/or his/her designee, and activated by FEMA.

The cellphone alert will be accompanied by a similar test of the Emergency Alert System, an older system that handles radio and television.

Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University, says testing the system "is a good idea", and there are a variety of scenarios where it would be good for the president to speak directly to the public. Therefore, if you have a smartphone capable of receiving WEA alerts, your phone will receive the alert. Users connected to a participating wireless network and within range of an active cell tower, will receive a text message. "No action is needed".

Starting Thursday, FEMA will roll out 'Presidential Alerts'. It will be accompanied by a national alert tone. "No action is required".

While most WEA-enabled phones have a setting to turn off Amber Alerts and emergency alerts sent through the system, a Presidential Alert can't be blocked and should make it through on any compatible phone and network. "You would not have a situation where the president would just wake up one morning", as the official put it, "and attempt to send a personal message".

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