National Emergency Alert Test Scheduled for This Week

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However, some people were not pleased ahead of the planned test, complaining they didn't want to receive any form of alert from the president.

School officials have suggested that review the Frequently Asked Questions portion of the web page as well as the Fact Sheets that are attached (English and Spanish versions). The agency has tested its radio and television alerts through its "Emergency Alert System" on a national level three times before, according to the federal agency.

Cell phones across the country are set to light up with a message from the federal government at 2:18 p.m. on Wednesday.

In a statement, FEMA said cellphones compatible with the Wireless Emergency Alerts system that are turned on and within range of an active cell tower were capable of getting the message. "No action is needed".

Alerts go out in the event of a national emergency, and unlike local weather or Amber alerts, users don't have the option to disable them. It wasn't until Wednesday that it got its first test. The EAS is a national public warning system that allows the President the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency via radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers. Some older phones, however, may not receive the alerts. The goal of the alert system is to give the sitting President the ability to warn citizens of dire situations like war, terror attacks, pandemic or natural disasters.

"I did not get an Alert System text today", wrote one Twitter user.

Ashbridge said agencies throughout the county often use tools to share emergency messaging to quickly get information to residents.

The wireless alert system was launched in 2012. Now, this sounds like a life-saving idea, but it's the idea of our current sitting President and the government being able to send a message to our phones that is unsettling. And while the wireless networks will repeat the broadcast of the test alert during a 30-minute period, your handset should only receive the alert once.

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