Emergency Alert Test Sent to Mobile Phones Nationwide

Wireless phone users can't block Trump administration 'Presidential Alert' test message

Any cellphone that is turned on and within range of an active cell tower will receive the notification this afternoon. This will be the fourth EAS test and first WEA test.

FEMA officials estimated that about 225 million devices would receive the alert at about the same time, but the message was broadcast by cell towers for 30 minutes so some people got it later than others.

President Barack Obama signed the 2015 "Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Modernization Act" into law in 2016.

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Senator Susan Collins, a Maine Republican who also has yet to declare her stand on the nomination, was also critical of Trump. Senator Joe Manchin, the only remaining undecided Democrat, said he would finish reading the report on Friday morning.

Nearly every person in the United States who has a cell phone is going to receive a Presidential Alert on Wednesday. Of course, you're cutting off all communication for your phone so you won't get any calls or other messages.

A FEMA spokesperson said, "The national EAS and WEA test messages were successfully originated and disseminated through FEMA's IPAWS to the wireless provider gateways and EAS message servers".

Whether anyone else at your location received the WEA test alert message.

"The Communications Act of 1934 established the authority for the President to use certain private sector communications systems for priority communications, such as sending alert and warning messages to the public, during national emergencies", FEMA wrote. But that's not an option on presidential alerts.

GeekWire's Kurt Schlosser, right, and John Cook talk GeekWire Summit attendees through the arrival of a national test alert on their phones Wednesday.

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The police chief of the Dayton Police Department supports the alerts and the way they can compliment current alerts.

According to the statement, the dual test "will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed". The test message will be similar to regular monthly EAS test messages with which the public is familiar. It featured a loud alarm, followed by vibration that lasted around one minute, and required no action.

The country's wireless emergency alert system was started in 2012 and has issued over 36,000 alerts for situations such as missing children, extreme weather and natural disasters, but never a presidential directive. That's one of the things they are testing.

The judge asked a government lawyer if there were standards in place to prevent someone from using the system for political purposes.

There are also those who question if President Trump would abuse the system.

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