The test will take place on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at exactly 2:18 PM EDT. This is just a test, and it has been planned for some time. This is the fourth EAS nationwide test and the first national WEA test.
Cell towers will broadcast the WEA test for approximately 30 minutes beginning at 2:18 p.m. EDT. "No action is needed", officials said.
The test was originally scheduled for September 20, but was postponed until Wednesday, October 3rd. These types of alerts would be sent in the event of major national emergency, such as a mass terrorism event.
Despite being called a "Presidential Level Alert" emergency messages sent through the system won't be written by Donald Trump or any other president.
"The test is meant to ensure public safety officials have the methods and systems to deliver urgent warnings and alerts to the public in times of an emergency or disaster", said Acting Illinois Emergency Management Agency Director William Robertson.More news: Cardi B Turns Herself in to Police Over Strip-Club Fight
Johnson said the system will be used to notify USA citizens of certain events of "national significance".
Users will not be able to block or otherwise opt out of the test "Presidential Alert" message.
The test alert, the USA government's first nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alert System, won't be from President Trump per se.
A special alert will run across the screen of your smartphone on Wednesday. Some cell phones will receive the message; others will not.
The Emergency Alert System is a national warning system that allows the president to communicate messages to the public during national emergencies. "No action is required".