This test is to asses the infrastructure for distributing a national message and determine whether or not improvements need to be made.
"Now you know you say presidential alert and some people are thinking, 'Aw man, I see President Trump sending out Twitter messages all day long". The test is strictly a test created to evaluate the effectiveness of distributing an emergency alert nationwide. Up until now, the WEA system has only been applied on a regional scale (think AMBER Alerts).
Cellphone users can opt out of natural disaster or missing children alerts, but not presidential alerts.
The federal agency and the Federal Communications Commission initially planned to conduct the test on September 20, but delayed it due to emergency efforts taking place in the path of Hurricane Florence.
It's just a test, but don't try to opt out of receiving it - there's no way to stop the alert from popping up on your phone or television screen.
Minutes later, at 12:20 p.m., the Emergency Alert System test will play in English and Spanish on radio stations, TV stations, cable and satellite system. "No action is needed".
It's the first nationwide test for a wireless phone emergency alert.
If you get an emergency alert on your phone Wednesday afternoon, don't be alarmed.
In Saginaw County, 12 p.m. Wednesday is also the monthly test of the local alert system. The alert would be used in the event of a major nationwide emergency. If your cell is on and you have service, you will likely receive it and can not stop it. "No action is required".
The test will be broadcast over the course of about 30 minutes and sound the same as an AMBER Alert. "The compulsory presidential alert scheme violates the Constitution". The goal is to warn residents of national emergencies, such as unsafe weather. The agency has tested its radio and television alerts through its "Emergency Alert System" on a national level three times before, according to the federal agency.