Wireless phone users can't block Trump administration 'Presidential Alert' test message

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Wednesday's WEA test, which will be sent around 2:18 p.m. EDT, will have the same tone and vibration pattern as the typical tornado warning and AMBER alert WEA messages, according to a statement from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. "No action is needed", officials said. "Periodic testing is a way to access the operational readiness of the infrastructure and determine whether technological improvements are needed". The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. EDT, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT.

The new presidential alert will be used for advance warning of national crises, and not for regional or local alerts.

Because this is a Presidential Alert, cellphone users can not opt out of receiving Wednesday's test, per FEMA.

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More than 100 carriers, including the largest carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile), will participate in the emergency alert test, FEMA said. Users can't opt out of the presidential alert test, according to FEMA.

A special alert will run across the screen of your smartphone on Wednesday. This is just a test, and it has been planned for some time.

The test had been planned for September, but Hurricane Florence preparedness and response efforts prompted FEMA and the FCC to postpone it until October 3. Therefore, if you have a smartphone capable of receiving WEA alerts, your phone will receive the alert.

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The test was supposed to happen on September 20, but was pushed back to October 3, which is tomorrow. The alert would be used in the event of a major nationwide emergency.

Eastern, FEMA tweeted. The message will read "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System". Some cell phones will receive the message; others will not.

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