“On Wednesday at 2:18 p.m. EDT almost all the cell phones in the country will go off in the first nationwide test of a wireless emergency alert system,” Stephanie Ebbs reports for ABC News. “FEMA officials say they expect the alert to reach 75 percent of wireless-enabled devices, including cell phones and smartwatches. The alert will not interrupt a phone call or an active data session, though FEMA and the FTC are working to make sure the information reaches more people.”
“Despite being called a ‘Presidential Level Alert’ emergency messages sent through the system won’t be written by Donald Trump or any other president,” Ebbs reports. “Emergency messages are pre-written and approved by various government agencies in advance of any test or emergency.”
“The message Wednesday will read ‘Presidential Alert: This is a test of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed,'” Ebbs reports. “About two minutes after the wireless emergency alert, the broadcast system will send a similar message through radio and television stations.”
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MacDailyNews Take: 2:18pm Eastern is etched into our brains as it’s exactly when the bell rang to release us from high school!
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