A national emergency alert test is happening on your phone tomorrow

A national emergency alert test is happening on your phone tomorrow

"THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System". This is just a test, and it has been planned for some time. "No action is needed", officials said.

The test messages were supposed to be sent out September 20, but the transmission was postponed until Wednesday on account of the emergency response during and after the landfall of Hurricane Florence on the East Coast.

A nationwide test of the United States' new Wireless Emergency Alerts, the first of its kind, is set to take place on Wednesday.

Users will not be able to block or otherwise opt out of the test "Presidential Alert" message. This is the fourth time the program has been tested, with the other three having been in 2011, 2016, and 2017, the agency says.

This is a test of the nationwide alert system to warn the public about risky weather, missing children and other critical situations, and you may notice that your phone makes a different notification sound to normal.

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Cell phones must be turned on and within range of an active cell tower to receive the test message, and some phones may not receive the message at all.

The test message, as with other WEA alerts like severe-weather warnings, will include a special tone and vibration, both repeated twice.

The EAS is a national public warning system that provides the President with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency.

A Presidential Alert is "meant for use in a national emergency, and the only type of WEA alert (wireless emergency alert) that can be sent nationwide by FEMA" according to the agency. "No action is required".

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