"THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed".
The test was originally scheduled for September 20 but was postponed was postponed due to "ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence", emergency officials said. People with cellphones also won't be able to avoid receiving actual Presidential Alerts in the case of an actual major national emergency.
Tomorrow, at around 2:18PM Eastern (11:18AM Pacific), you'll get a text message flagged as a "Presidential Alert".
Everyone around the country will get an alert on their phone at the same time on Wednesday as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conducts a test of the national Wireless Emergency Alert system.
"The test is meant to ensure public safety officials have the methods and systems to deliver urgent warnings and alerts to the public in times of an emergency or disaster", said Acting Illinois Emergency Management Agency Director William Robertson.
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Officials estimate that upwards of 225 million Americans will receive the test alert on WEA-compatible wireless devices.
The alert, in real situations, would only be used in emergencies that affect the entire USA, the Sacramento County Office of Emergency Services said.
This system was developed by broadcast and cable operators in voluntary cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission, and local authorities to keep you informed in the event of an emergency.
The ESA is a national public warning system that provides President Donald Trump with the communication capability to address the nation during a national emergency.
A special alert will run across the screen of your smartphone on Wednesday. The message will be active for approximately 30 minutes, so users could receive the alert within that time frame. "No action is required".