Emergency alert test sounds on mobile phones in North Texas, nationwide
Emergency alert test sounds on mobile phones in North Texas, nationwide
FEMA and the FCC will send Americans a pair of emergency alerts today
05 October, 2018, 04:43
Cell towers will also only broadcast the alert for about 30 minutes, so if you're on the phone or out of range for a half hour after 2:18 p.m. ET, you might miss it. No action is needed, ' " FEMA wrote.
The test was originally planned for September 20, but was been postponed until October 3, due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence. The test is made available to EAS participants, officials said. "The test will follow long-established wireless alert guidelines, and FEMA and the FCC have been working with the wireless industry over the past several months to coordinate the test".
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Some users expressed relief that they did not receive an alert to their mobile device, while some voiced concern that they might not be alerted in the case of a real emergency. She said she believes the plaintiffs want to ensure that President Donald Trump doesn't turn the alert system into a second Twitter feed.
"The president will not be directly triggering this alert", the FEMA official explained on a briefing conference call on Tuesday. With the message came a loud tone similar to that of an Amber Alert or tornado and flood warning.
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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. A similar Wireless Emergency Alerttest message has been sent to all cell phones nationwide. The WEA is used to warn people about severe weather, missing children (AMBER alerts), and other critical events via cell phone. The Wireless Emergency Alert System does not provide for such an option, as it's sole goal is to reach everyone.
Congress has placed limits on when the president can trigger such a warning, saying it must relate to a natural or man-made disaster or public safety threat.
A group of New Yorkers filed a lawsuit in federal court in NY arguing they should not be compelled to receive the alerts under their right to free speech.
No one can opt out of these alerts - and only the president has the ability to decide if or when those alerts are sent.
It is unknown if Trump will attempt to misuse this power as a political tool to make announcements. Expect the same double beep and vibration as you would receiving the other alerts.
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