Cell phones to receive national emergency test message - GVNow

How Wednesday's nationwide emergency alert test message might look on an iPhone.                  FEMA

A text from President Trump will come to most phones on Wednesday.

A second test of the national Emergency Alert System, the kind that typically appears on TV and radio, will follow at 2:20 p.m. ET. Verizon Communications Inc said almost all of its mobile phone handsets are capable of getting alerts. "No action is needed".

The WEA alert will reach any cellphone that is connected to a wireless provider participating in the test, switched on and within active range of a cell tower.

Three New Yorkers filed a federal lawsuit last week attempting to block the test, saying it violates free speech and is an unconstitutional seizure of electronic devices.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it'll sound like an Amber Alert or flood warning.

This new presidential alert will be nationwide and only used for advance warning of national crises.

If you've ever received an Amber Alert on your phone, the WEA test might look similar.

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It is a part of FEMA's system to warn citizens in case of national emergencies. "We're constantly being bombarded by things so hopefully whatever messages are coming out of Washington won't get lost in the shuffle because, again, that's one more thing people are going to have coming at them", he said.

The Village of Oswego is among communities who issued a release, reminding residents of the alert set for 1:18 p.m. on Wednesday.

A mass text message will be sent Wednesday to nearly every cell phone user in the United States.

Despite being called a "Presidential Level Alert" emergency messages sent through the system won't be written by Donald Trump or any other president. "The compulsory presidential alert scheme violates the Constitution".

The test was originally scheduled for September 20, but was pushed back to October 3 due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence, according to FEMA. "Do you have a cell phone?"

The system test is for a high-level "presidential" alert that would be used only in a nationwide emergency.

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