FEMA to Test ‘Presidential Alert System’ Wednesday

IMAGE: FEMA.gov

“This is a test.”

At 2:18 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3, nearly every cell phone user in the United States will receive a text message at the same time.

The message will be the first ever test of Wireless Emergency Alerts, or “Presidential Alert” system.

The WEA system is used to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones, according to FEMA.

The test message will have a header that reads “Presidential Alert” and text that says:

“THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

During the test, compatible cell phones that are switched on, within range of an active cell tower, and whose wireless provider participates in WEA should be capable of receiving the test message.

The “Presidential Alert” will use the same special tone and vibration as Tornado Warnings and AMBER Alerts.

The test is intended to assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.

14 comments

  • jimbrony

    11/9/16
    1/20/17
    10/3/18

    Dates that caused millions of Americans to become completely unhinged, and millions of others Americans to say MAGA!

  • Bob Stevens

    Hopefully the next time its used is the announcement that they are finally rounding up the traitors in the federal government that are part of the globalist cabal shadow government that we the people under Trump have been at war with since 2016. Be nice getting an alert that Hillary and Obama are finally going to Gitmo and justice is served.

  • My Foot

    We should get presidential alerts when he is not charging tax payers for playing golf at his resorts….The secret service broke their budget filling his hotel rooms. (Fact)

  • Barbara Spino

    I do not want this message i dont care about presidential alert… How can i opt out of this? DEFINTELY DONT WANT TO SEE THIS ON MY PHONE

    • jimbrony

      ^^^Suffers from Trump Derangement Syndrome^^^ Hey, here’s an idea – all you anti-Trumpers can just turn your phones off at 2:15 and go scream at the sky for five minutes. 2:20, you’re back in business. You’re still nitwits, but you’re back in business. And Donald Trump is still our President. MAGA!

  • George Lamprinos

    How do I opt out? I always disable amber alerts, tornado alerts, traffic alerts….any kind of alerts like these. They’re always irrelevant to me.

    • jimbrony

      To opt out: Fill a microwave safe bowl with four cups of water. Place your cell phone in the bowl and microwave on HIGH for 20 minutes (longer if yours is less than 1000 watts). You should no receive any more messages. If you get a new phone, repeat the process.

      • EM Wilson

        That’s just being MEAN and totally un-necessary with that comment. Try being NICE… it may do you a wonder of good.

      • jimbrony

        You’ve got a friendly smile, Em. Darn it – that did do me a world of good. Now I have to be mean to someone. Oh look, there’s MY FOOT…

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