Mobile phones will emit a special tone and vibrate as they receive an emergency test message on October 3. It is part of a nationwide test by the Federal Emergency Management Agency of Wireless Emergency Alerts systems to assess its effectiveness. The test alert will look like a text message. No reason to become alarmed.
The message is scheduled to be sent within 30 minutes of 11:15 AM PDT on Wednesday, October 3 with a heading of “Presidential Alert.” It is the first nationwide test to wireless phones using this system. Wireless Emergency Alerts do not require users to “opt-in,” and most mobile phones in use today can receive the 90-character text-like messages. Wireless Emergency Alerts can be sent by the National Weather Service, local first responder agencies, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the President through a system devised by FEMA and the Federal Communications Commission.
For more information, visit the SD County News Center at https://www.countynewscenter.com/national-wireless-emergency-alert-system-set-to-test-sept-20/
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