Nationwide Emergency Alert Test Scheduled For This Afternoon

October 3, 2018

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Today is the day the government will be testing its nationwide emergency alert system. FEMA and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) say that your phone will receive a "presidential alert" stating ""THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed" around 2:18pm, followed by an alert tone and message on broadcast radio and television stations around 2:20pm. Unlike other notifications, you cannot opt-out or disable your phone from receiving the message and although it will state the President is sending the message, FEMA says it will not actually come from the President himself.  FEMA said the last time the nationwide system was sent around 75% of phone successfully received the message.  Those who did not receive the message may have been on a phone call or had their phone turned off, for example. This test was originally scheduled for mid-September, but was postponed because FEMA was also responding to Hurricane Florence. The government is required by law to test the system at least once every three years.

SOURCE: CNN

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