Didn’t Get The FEMA Emergency Alert Test? Here’s Why

Didn’t Get The FEMA Emergency Alert Test? Here’s Why

Didn’t Get The FEMA Emergency Alert Test? Here’s Why

A similar wireless emergency alert test message has been sent to all cell phones nationwide.

"You would not have a situation where any sitting president would wake up one morning and attempt to send a particular message", a FEMA official told the news network.

"Plaintiffs are American citizens who do not wish to receive text messages, or messages of any kind, on any topic or subject, from defendant Trump", the lawsuit (posted below) reads.

Here's what the system is really used for and the scope for which it can be used.

While many cellphones were buzzing with test alerts from the president of the United States, others sat in silence.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been telling us for a while now that it plans to conduct a national test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), specifically the "Presidential Alerts" that are part of the established WEA system. That sprouted from a 2006 Congressional act passed to fund a national alert system that President George W. Bush called for after the federal government's bungled Hurricane Katrina response in 2005, according to CNET.

What's The Purpose Of FEMA's New System? "But people don't get their messages the way they used to".

A test text message of the Presidential Alert, National Wireless Emergency Alert System is seen on a mobile phone in New York City, New York, U.S. October 3, 2018. Those crisis moments include natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and other threats to public safety.

Emergency Alert
The message is shown on a phone at the White House

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".

It's the same system that sends out Amber Alerts (for missing children) and weather warnings. If you weren't in range of a cell tower or if your phone was switched off, you probably missed the message. That means you're going to receive these messages when they are sent.

The current system might not offer an opt-out feature but a group of three New Yorkers has sued to stop the messages from keeping their mandatory status.

However, a NY judge refused the request at a hearing on Wednesday morning.

It was provided by all the major carriers and it was not possible to opt out.

It could be used for less serious dispatches like telling Americans to vote in the upcoming midterms, but since the system is in FEMA's hands, we can presume it will only be used to warn us of impending disaster.

It's like a modern day air raid siren.

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