A second alert on television broadcast and radio went off at 2:20 p.m. EDT. It hadn't said yet whether the test went well. No action is needed, ' " FEMA wrote. It uses a system called WEA that stands for Wireless Emergency Alert.
Today's alert is the first national test of the WEA system.
This will also just be the fourth time that a nationwide EAS alert has been tested.
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About 225 million electronic devices across the United States will wail and buzz Wednesday afternoon as the Federal Emergency Management Agency conducts an emergency alert test. Unlike the presidential message, these can be switched off.
Tough to say. Ostensibly, this is just for emergencies, and subject to FEMA's judgment on what merits an unavoidable "Presidential Alert". That's 11:18 PDT. It will last for approximately 30 minutes during which compatible cell phones will receive a test message a single time.
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Wednesday's alert, however, was the first national alarm sounded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission under an act of Congress approved in 2006 during the George W. Bush presidential administration. "One thing that we need make very clear is that there are laws, policies and procedures that are in place, other protocols to assure that the system is used in accordance with its intended use as defined by the law", Johnson responded.
The Southern District of NY court docket indicates summons were issued to Trump and FEMA Director William "Brock" Long on September 26. Johnson said it is created to be used very rarely - and without "political agenda".
FEMA stated that some phones may not get the message. You can turn your phone off (and leave it off for about half an hour) if you don't want to receive the alert.
As previously mentioned, a Presidential Alert like this is for the worst of worst cases and has a long and well-ironed out history in our country.
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People are so against the unwanted presidential alert that a lawsuit was filed September 26 to try to prevent it.