VERIFY: Everything you need to know about today's 'presidential alert'

VERIFY: Everything you need to know about today's 'presidential alert'

VERIFY: Everything you need to know about today's 'presidential alert'

The test message was originally scheduled for September but was pushed back to Wednesday at 2:18 PM EDT (2318 hours, Pakistan time). It will ask just four questions: did you receive the alert, where you were when the alert went out, who your cell phone service provider is, and what type of phone you have. This will be the fourth nationwide EAS test and the first nationwide WEA test.

Unlike President Donald Trump's tweets, there is no way to opt out of presidential alerts, as they're part of an emergency system meant to warn Americans about national emergencies.

The cell phone alert will resemble the message seen above.

All wireless carriers that participate in the WEA system will send the alert; there are approximately 100 WEA carriers in the USA, including the four major providers.

How do I block these?

FEMA officials use a device that's "very similar to a laptop computer", the senior FEMA official said.

It said cell phones should get the message only once.

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EAS tests have been conducted previously in collaboration with the FCC, broadcasters, and emergency management officials in recognition of FEMA's National Preparedness Month, FEMA said.

The Department of Homeland Security posted a reminder about the test on Twitter on Tuesday, and reassured phone users that their numbers are not being shared with anyone. The WEA is used to warn people about severe weather, missing children (AMBER alerts), and other critical events via cell phone.

"The regular tone we get for amber alerts, I thought it was going to be different than that", she said. "FEMA then sends the alerts to the wireless providers, which then push the alerts in turn to mobile phones in the impacted communities". The test will "assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed", according to a FEMA press release.

The idea behind the WEA is to be able to deliver alerts of different kinds to people all over the United States but to also be able to target them to specific geographic regions when necessary. "No action is required".

While users may opt out of alerts for weather or missing children, any "presidential" alert cannot be opt-ed out of.

As they say. this was just a test. That has some liberals really upset, complaining about President Trump.

It is unknown if Trump will attempt to misuse this power as a political tool to make announcements. However, the FEMA alerts are not blockable.

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