What you need to know about today's presidential cellphone alert

Wireless phone users can't block Trump administration 'Presidential Alert' test message

All cellphone users will be receiving the alert which will read: "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System". That means everyone's smart phone will blare out an Amber Alert-like alarm at the same time.

Prior tests of the alert system were done in November 2011, September 2016, and September 2017 in collaboration with the FCC, broadcasters, and emergency management officials, according to the primer.

Trump, for his part, on Tuesday retweeted a message from Homeland Security about the testing slated for Wednesday. That can include radio and television, and in this case, cell phone services.

FEMA officials use a device that's "very similar to a laptop computer", the senior FEMA official said. The national WEA test will use the same special tone and vibration.

Because the message is meant to include "critical lifesaving information", it's created to reach as many cell phones as possible, even those that aren't activated or don't have SIM cards. Eastern time Wednesday, Americans across the country were interrupted by an urgent notification on their cellphones.

WEA: The WEA delivers alerts to cell phones.

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While VERIFY cannot state what a person or administration's long term intent or goals may be, we can VERIFY that the test on Wednesday was just that - a test.

According to the FEMA website, more than 100 cell phone providers have agreements with FEMA to participate in the alert message.

The brief message will also say that it is only a TEST and that no action is needed.

Judge Katherine Polk Failla (FAY'-luh) in Manhattan rejected the longshot effort by three individuals who sued without a lawyer to try to stop the test Wednesday afternoon.

You can't opt out of the WEA and EAS test, nor can you disable it. Think of them as the DEFCON 1 of phone alerts.

Another Twitter user posted a screen shot of a different text message he received from the president. The text message will be sent to phones within a half hour period, beginning at 2.18pm EDT, with the TV and radio messages broadcast two minutes later, at 2.20pm [7.20pm BST]. In the future, the president will have the ability to send messages, as will other officials from federal, state, tribal, and local governments. Personal messages, campaign messages, and other political messages aren't permitted. Here is everything you need to know about the Presidential Alert. The EAS, familiar to those who have grown up in the USA, is used to broadcast national emergency alerts over television, radio, cable, satellite radio and other pre-internet mass media channels.

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