New Yorkers sue Trump and FEMA to stop Presidential Alert

05 October, 2018, 14:12 | Author: Bennie Parsons
  • Wireless phone users can't block Trump administration 'Presidential Alert' test message

If you have a cellphone, it probably buzzed and beeped loudly Wednesday around 2:18 p.m. EDT. Some people may get the alert a bit later depending on cell phone tower issues. The national test will use the same special tone and vibration as with all WEA messages. Such presidential alerts would be sent in the event of a pending missile attack or other national emergency, and USA cellphone users are not able opt out of them.

Despite Wednesday's message, this is not a presidential alert system.

Congress has placed limits on when the president can trigger such a warning, saying it must relate to a natural or man-made disaster or public safety threat.

"If I couldn't opt out of it I wouldn't mind". Eastern. Cell towers will broadcast the WEA test for about 30 minutes and the EAS test will last for about a minute.

The plaintiffs' main complaint is that Presidential Alerts are compulsory - there's no way to opt-out of receiving them.

But some people with phones that met these criteria did not receive the text message. A test message will be sent to wireless devices throughout the country and territories.

The new message will look like the others that the WEA the emergency alerts sent out to phone owners in regions facing severe inclement weather or abducted children (aka Amber Alerts).


He said some people did not receive alerts on some devices during that test.

The goal of Wednesday's test is to check how well the system works and iron out any wrinkles that do crop up, so that it works properly in the event of a national emergency.

Instead, this is simply a routine test of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System, which the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had to put off from its originally scheduled September 20 date due to "ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence".

When will I get the alert?

It will sound similar to the routine tests that flash across your television screen once a month. "No action is required".

The Presidential Alert is similar to the state-level systems that let police and local authorities send out AMBER Alerts and weather warnings.

As it says, this is only a test! "This is something that should not be used for a political agenda", he said.

Jeh Johnson, Homeland Security chief, told CBS This Morning that the alert is only used for "true emergencies when we need to get the public's attention". That has some liberals really upset, complaining about President Trump. However, the FEMA alerts are not blockable.

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