Anyone within range of a working cell tower and with a mobile device that is switched on received the message on their screens whether they liked it or not. This will be the fourth EAS test and first WEA test.
"Officials - including [President] Trump - are free to define "act of terrorism" and "threat to public safety" as they see fit, potentially broadcasting arbitrary, biased, irrational and/or content-based messages to hundreds of millions of people", the legal action claimed.
The wireless alert system was launched in 2012.
The EAS test will be sent at 2:20 p.m. It is to conclude, FEMA said, by announcing that "A similar wireless emergency alert test message has been sent to all cell phones nationwide". Of course, you're cutting off all communication for your phone so you won't get any calls or other messages.More news: Nationwide test of presidential emergency alert system scheduled for Wednesday
Those not receiving the test may have an older phone or may have been out of reach of a cell tower.
According to Mike Smith, an author and expert on extreme weather who hosts a blog on weather, noted, "I was in a Wichita restaurant when the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) test went off earlier this afternoon". It is the first test of the emergency system.
FEMA officials said the administration can only send such an alert for national emergencies or if the public were in peril, rules outlined in a 2006 law, and they say it can't be used for any sort of personal message from the president.
Though you have probably received emergency alerts in the past, those were local or regional messages regarding weather events such as flash-flood or tornado warnings, or alerts about missing people.
Despite some worry, the system was not created in order to allow the President to send messages on a whim but we'll get to that shortly. It featured a loud alarm, followed by vibration that lasted around one minute, and required no action. Does this mean I'm going to get whatever message President Trump wants to send out through this alert system now?' "CBS News correspondent Anna Werner asked Johnson".
Comic Kathy Griffin, a longtime Trump critic, used her Twitter account to show a phony Presidential Alert reading: "FAILED COMIC KATHY GRIFFIN IS TRYING TO DESTROY A GREAT MAN, BRETT KAVANAUGH! But if it's used for good, I have no issues", student Sashwat Patra said.
'This new Presidential Alert system is actually pretty useful, ' tweeted the Twitter user. However, the FEMA alerts are not blockable.