Presidential Cell Phone Alert, First National Test

Most US cell phones to receive 'Presidential Alert' text on Wednesday

WEA now only supports messages in English, officials say. "No action is needed", it'll read.

This test will be sent to cell phones and be broadcasted on televisions and radios, said the official FEMA website.

It can also notify the public about extreme weather or missing children, also known as Amber Alerts. This is the first time a nationwide wireless emergency alert has been tested. However, officials said this is on your cell carrier's end.

The buzz and tone have the same feel and sound as those used for the Amber and weather alerts.

The test message was originally scheduled for September but was pushed back to Wednesday at 2:18 PM EDT (2318 hours, Pakistan time).

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But in general, the process calls for the president - or his representative - to authorize FEMA to send an alert on the White House's behalf. "We're constantly being bombarded by things so hopefully whatever messages are coming out of Washington won't get lost in the shuffle because, again, that's one more thing people are going to have coming at them", he said.

FEMA released an image of what the "Presidential Alert" message will look like (pictured above).

You may be reading this on Wednesday because you wonder what on Earth is going on - particularly if your phone has made a unusual noise - but there's nothing to worry about.

Then who pushes the button?

IPAWS is designed as a way to coordinate public safety alerts at the national level, whether those alerts are intended for the entire nation or a more targeted local area.

There are three types of messages sent by WEA.

When will I get the alert?

Nearly every active cellphone will get the message at the same time on Wednesday.

This new presidential alert will be nationwide and only used for advance warning of national crises.

What about the other screens in my life?

About two minutes after the wireless emergency alert, the broadcast system will send a similar message through radio and television stations.

The Wireless Emergency Alert system is used to notify Americans about unsafe weather from the National Weather Service, AMBER Alerts for missing children, and other urgent situations from federal, state and local authorities.

If this had been an actual emergency alert, an official message would have followed the alert tone you heard at the start of this message.

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