The infographic shows what the presidential alert system is and why is important. Below are some points which describe how this system works.
Who is sending the message?
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, conducts a nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts system on telephones, radio & TV.
When will we receive this message?
According to the official notification by FEMA, cell towers will broadcast the WEA test for approximately 30 minutes beginning at 2:18 p.m. EDT. The test was originally set for Sept. 20, but was postponed until Oct. 3 due to “ongoing response efforts to Hurricane OKFlorence,” according to FEMA.
What will the emergency alerts contain? The alert will be headed with, “Presidential Alert” and text that says, “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”
Why are we receiving this message?
According to FEMA: “The WEA system is used to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones.”
How long will the message alert sound?
According to FEMA, during the 30-minute period the message will be broadcasted, your handset will receive the alert once and the notification will last approximately one minute.
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