Rather, its a test of a new nationwide warning system that a president could use in case of an armed attack by another country, a cyber attack or a widespread natural disaster. The alert will have a special tone and vibration that will repeat twice.
Real emergencies that can prompt a WEA message include AMBER alerts, extreme weather, other localized threats and Presidential Alerts during a national emergency. They're working to make sure the system can support delivery of messages in more languages in the future. In a media briefing with reporters Tuesday, a senior FEMA official said Trump will not be directly triggering the october 3 alert.
The test was originally scheduled to take place September 20, but it was postponed amid continuing effects from Hurricane Florence.
Okay, So What is a Presidential Alert?
It's called the "presidential alert", but the president doesn't actually write it.
WEA was technically launched in April of 2012, but this will be the first time FEMA has tested the system on the presidential level in hopes to work out the kinks, the agency said in a press release this week.
"The president will not originate this alert, say, from his mobile device", a senior FEMA official told reporters on Tuesday. "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".
Then who pushes the button?
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"This is something that should not be used for a political agenda", Johnson said.
This would be the first time FEMA will test the cell phone alerts nationwide. This means that any compatible cellphones that are switched on and within range of an active cell tower should receive the alert.
AMBER Alerts: These alerts notify the public about child abduction.
The WEA is designed for our growing cellphone population. Unlike those alerts, phone users can not opt-out, or disable, their phones from receiving the message.
What about the other screens in my life?
This test will be sent to cell phones and be broadcasted on televisions and radios, said the official FEMA website.
The Wireless Emergency Alert system is used to notify Americans about unsafe weather from the National Weather Service, AMBER Alerts for missing children, and other urgent situations from federal, state and local authorities.