The idea behind the WEA is to be able to deliver alerts of different kinds to people all over the USA but to also be able to target them to specific geographic regions when necessary.
The wireless alert system launched in 2012. Last week, three people filed suit in NY to block the testing of the system, known as Wireless Emergency Alerts or WEA.
"Users may opt out of receiving alerts in the imminent threat and AMBER categories but can not opt out of receiving Presidential alerts", the agency said. The TV and radio alert has been tested for several years. The national WEA test will use the same special tone and vibration. A backup date is always planned in case of widespread severe weather or other significant events on the primary test date. This will be the fourth nationwide EAS test and the first nationwide WEA test.
The WEA test starts at 11:18AM local time on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018.
The test will be at 2:18 p.m.
The content of the message will also make it clear you've received the test message.
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What Happens During the WEA Test?
Of course, to receive the alert, your phone will need to be turned on and connected to a cell tower that allows you to connect to your participating carrier.
At 8:18 a.m.in Hawaii, a tone will sound similar to that of an Amber Alert or flash flood warning, and the subject of the alert will read: "Presidential Alert" and "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System".
All wireless carriers that participate in the WEA system will send the alert; there are approximately 100 WEA carriers in the United States, including the four major providers. That includes iPhone and Android OS phones.
FEMA stated that the government can not track end users' location through this alert system. And, sorry, but you can't opt out. Even if you disable Amber Alerts you'll still get the test message. Don't worry, you won't be receiving campaign-related messages. Of course, you're cutting off all communication for your phone so you won't get any calls or other messages.
The goal is to warn residents of national emergencies, such as unsafe weather.