What to know about Trump’s nationwide test alert

FEMA and the FCC will send Americans a pair of emergency alerts today

FEMA and the FCC will send Americans a pair of emergency alerts today

FEMA said the EAS test will begin at 2:20 p.m. A message box popped up on screens, informing: "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed", the message read.

The test was originally scheduled for September but was postponed as FEMA responded to Hurricane Florence.

Although the message was sent out by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, it still appeared to some as if it came from President Donald Trump, Hollywood Life reported.

"THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System".

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The message went out to smartphones at 2:18pm ET Wednesday, as the US President tested how it will work in a new collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). It can also be used regionally for emergency information like AMBER alerts. Users can not opt out of receiving the WEA test.

Anyone within range of a working cell tower and with a mobile device that is switched on received the message on their screens whether they liked it or not.

"Of course, this was a 'Presidential Alert, ' which is supposed to be the highest, most urgent".

FEMA officials have said the Hawaii incident played no role in the scheduling of Wednesday's test. If this had been an actual emergency an official message would have followed the tone alert you heard at the start of this message.

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Rules outlined in a 2006 law states that the White House can issue a presidential alert only if the public were in peril, or during national emergencies. Think of them as the DEFCON 1 of phone alerts. Does this mean I'm going to get whatever message President Trump wants to send out through this alert system now?' "CBS News correspondent Anna Werner asked Johnson". Simply put, they can't choose to not receive an alert from President Trump. "No action is required".

The Presidential Alert is similar to the state-level systems that let police and local authorities send out AMBER Alerts and weather warnings.

A journalist, a breastfeeding advocate and a fitness instructor teamed up to sue Fema, claiming the technology was a violation of their rights to be free from "government-compelled listening".

The judge asked a government lawyer if there were standards in place to prevent someone from using the system for political purposes. Expect the same double beep and vibration as you would receiving the other alerts.

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