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"Cell towers will broadcast the WEA test for approximately 30 minutes beginning at 2:18 pm".

For the first time ever, Americans nationwide will receive an alert on their cell phones from President Trump. This will be the fourth nationwide EAS test and the first nationwide WEA test. Such presidential alerts would be sent in the event of a pending missile attack or other national emergency, and U.S. cellphone users are not able opt out of them.

Some cellphone users received a message with a header that reads "Presidential Alert".

All wireless carriers that participate in the WEA system will send the alert; there are approximately 100 WEA carriers in the United States, including the four major providers. The test is made available to EAS participants, officials said. They claim in their complaint that President Trump and others could use the system to effectively turn people's phones into "Government loudspeakers". The other option is to keep your phone from connecting to a cell tower.

Millions of US cell phones buzzed and beeped on Wednesday during the first test of a presidential alert system that would warn the public of a national emergency, such as an imminent attack.

But the move has prompted a lawsuit in NY, which says that presidential alerts are a "violation of Americans' First and Fourth Amendment rights to be free from Government-compelled listening, as well as warrantless, non-consensual trespass into and seizure of their cellular devices".

FEMA is committed to continuously improving the national alert and warning systems and supporting local authorities in getting effective and timely warning to people.

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"I did not get an Alert System text today", wrote one Twitter user.

These alerts will come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The system is the same one that's used to warn the public about risky weather or missing children. It will sound similar to the routine tests that flash across your television screen once a month.

Is it a message from President Trump?

"The president will not originate this alert, say, from his mobile device", a senior FEMA official said on a conference call Tuesday. "No action is required".

Still, a group of New Yorkers is suing in federal court saying they can't be forced to receive the alerts because they violate their right to free speech. "But if it's used for good, I have no issues", student Sashwat Patra said.

Presidential Alerts are similar to Amber or other emergency alerts on your phone - you hear a loud noise comes along with vibration. FEMA is exploring making the alerts available in additional languages.


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