FEMA delays presidential alert test amid Florence response

FEMA delays presidential alert test amid Florence response
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is delaying a test of a new national alert that was scheduled for this week due to the impact of Hurricane Florence on the East Coast.

The test will now take place on Oct. 3 at 2:18 p.m. EDT. It will try out a new nationwide presidential alert that’s intended for national emergencies.

The test was originally planned for Thursday at 2:18 p.m. EDT.

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During the test, most cellphone users will receive an alert with the same vibration and tone as any other wireless emergency alert.

 

 

The test message will have a header of “Presidential Alert” and will read, “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

Users will not be able to opt out of the test.