Mark Wednesday, October 3rd on your special memory calendar as the greatest day in the history of communication-FEMA and the FCC will be conducting a test of an emergency messaging system from the President of the United States, Donald John Trump.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency will conduct a test of the national alert system that allows "presidential alerts" to hit the majority of cellphones. "No action is needed", it'll read.
Cell towers will broadcast the WEA test for approximately 30 minutes beginning at 11:18 a.m. Users can't opt out of the presidential alert test, according to FEMA.
"THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System".
"Presidential Alert", the screen will say.
System and Emergency Alert System (EAS)?
FEMA officials estimate almost 75 percent of all mobile phones in the country, including major carriers, will receive the alert.
More than 100 carriers, including the largest carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile), will participate in the emergency alert test, FEMA said.
A text message from President Trump will be sent to more than 200 million U.S. cellphones in a test starting at 2:18pm Eastern on Wednesday-but officials stress that the president won't be texting Americans on a regular basis. But in general, the process calls for the president - or his representative - to authorize FEMA to send an alert on the White House's behalf.
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You may be reading this on Wednesday because you wonder what on Earth is going on - particularly if your phone has made a unusual noise - but there's nothing to worry about.
This test was originally scheduled for mid-September, but was postponed because FEMA was also responding to Hurricane Florence.
How Wednesday's nationwide emergency alert test message might look on an iPhone.
"This is something that should not be used for a political agenda", Johnson said.
If you're looking at another piece of glowing glass - like your television - during the test, you may just see the alert there, too. The test message will be similar to regular monthly EAS test.
Afterward, the agency will perform an EAS test at 2:20 p.m., which will last for about a minute.
An actual alert would be used for an impending missile attack or other national emergencies.