Coming Wednesday to most American cellphones: a presidential text alert.
The EAS and WEA test messages will be sent using FEMA's Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), a centralized Internet-based system administered by FEMA that enables authorities to send authenticated emergency messages to the public through multiple communications networks. A similar Wireless Emergency Alert test message has been sent to all cell phones nationwide. Rather, its a test of a new nationwide warning system that a president could use in case of an armed attack by another country, a cyber attack or a widespread natural disaster.
A nationwide test is scheduled to take place on Wednesday to cell phones, TV and Radio.
FEMA alongside the Federal Communications Commission plants to test devices as 12:18 p.m. (2:18 p.m. EDT).
A group of New Yorkers filed a lawsuit in federal court in NY arguing they should not be compelled to receive the alerts under their right to free speech.
Alerts for some systems, such as weather radio alerts and Amber alerts for endangered children, typically need to be issued independently of one another.
Unlike general emergency alerts, you can not opt out of receiving Presidential Alerts. 'No action is needed'.
The message set to go out will read: "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System".
The Wireless Emergency Alert test will occur at 2:18 pm on October 3, and the Emergency Alert Systems test will happen two minutes later at 2:20 pm.
If you have a cellphone, be prepared for it to get a Presidential Alert this week - whether you want it or not. According to a news release from FEMA, the alert will be sent to cell phones connected to wireless providers participating in the alert system.
Others were just excited to know all cell phones will be buzzing at the same time.
FEMA officials say the test will last about a half-hour so some people may get it at different times.
The test was originally scheduled to take place September 20, but it was postponed amid continuing effects from Hurricane Florence.