If you've purchased a phone since roughly 2015, it comes with a setting that allows it to receive certain alerts.
FEMA says any compatible cell phone tied to a participating wireless provider that is switched on and in the range of cell tower should get the alert once.
On Sept. 20, the Federal Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will perform the first national test of both of the country's mass alert systems, the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA).
The agency, already grappling with the effects of Tropical Storm Florence, could delay the test of the alert system to October 3 if there's a major weather disruption, but FEMA said Saturday that Thursday's test was still on.
In the test next week everyone will receive a message that will look like a text and will be headed "Presidential Alert", said FEMA. "No action is needed". It will be in the form of a cell phone alert with a distinct tone and alert message.
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WEA was technically launched in April of 2012, but this will be the first time FEMA has tested the system on the presidential level in hopes to work out the kinks, the agency said in a press release this week. And we find it interesting, and a sign of the times, that FEMA's notes about the test mention that the WEA test does not collect any personal data.
In San Joaquin County the IPAWS system is also a method available for use by the San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services (OES) for alerting and warning of imminent threats in our county and is activated by OES Staff when necessary.
The EAS test is scheduled to last approximately one minute and will be similar to regular monthly EAS test messages on TV or radio.
Federal officials previously announced that the government has a system for sending messages to all cellphone users in the event of a serious weather situation or other emergency.
Donald Trump may be texting your cell phone next week and it won't be to send a political message or bash his adversaries. The assessments would possibly be utilized as segment of FEMA's National Preparedness Month.