Nationwide cell phone test set for today

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If you're looking at another piece of glowing glass - like your television - during the test, you may just see the alert there, too.

But now there will also be an alert on your cellphone.

The Trump administration will send messages to more than 200 million USA cellphones on Wednesday testing a previously unused presidential alert system that aims to warn the public in the event of a national emergency.

It's the first nationwide test for a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA). "No action is needed", it'll read. They expect about 75 percent of all wireless users to get the alert.

According to FEMA, "The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed". This will be the fourth EAS test and first WEA test.

PREVIOUS STORY: FEMA announced Monday that the "Presidental Alert" test has been moved to October 3 due to ongoing Hurricane Florence response. If you do, then you know that the test, which thankfully will not allow Trump to simply inundate everyone's phones with his thoughts on the latest episode of Fox & Friends, was delayed... until tomorrow.

■ Extreme weather and other threatening emergencies.

It is a part of FEMA's system to warn citizens in cases of national emergencies.

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The new presidential alert will be used for advance warning of national crises, and not for regional or local alerts. According to a Tweet from FEMA , the test alert is not a text and your phone number will not be shared with anyone.

Beginning at 2:18 p.m., cell towers will broadcast the WEA test for approximately 30 minutes. Keep in mind that some phones might not get the message, which is fine for now but might bite you in the rear end when something actually happens.

Despite the name, "the president will not originate this alert, say, from his mobile device", the official said.

Many cellphone users receive alerts now - Amber Alerts for missing children, and flash flood or tornado warnings.

It will come through a system already integrated in Hamilton County.

"Whether it's a natural disaster or an act of terrorism or a man-made event that could affect the general public in Hamilton County", she said.

The test will include two portions.

Maryland officials will also have access to the system when necessary, said Maryland Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Russ Strickland. No POTUS has ever sent a nationwide WEA, so tomorrow will mark history, according to FEMA's page. If a phone is off, or on a call at the time of the alert, the message many not come through. Some older phones, however, may not receive the alerts. Personal messages, campaign messages, and other political messages aren't permitted.

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