Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Contrary to public concern, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is not handing President Donald Trump a direct line to send personalized messages to American citizens. He would be breaking the law if he did. Last Friday, the Federal Communications Commission and FEMA announced plans to test a system that would allow the president to send a message to mobile devices across the U.S. The announcement of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) test caused some concerns that it could be used by Trump like he uses Twitter. But in 2015, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., introduced a bill to prevent any president from abusing the system. "Except to the extent necessary for testing the public alert and warning system, the public alert and warning system shall not be used to transmit a message that does not relate to a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other … [Read more...] about Trump can’t use FEMA’s wireless alerts to send personal messages — it’s illegal
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Don't freak out when you get a text from the government on Oct. 3.The Federal Emergency Management Agency is conducting a nationwide test of its Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts on Oct. 3, 2018 at 2:18 p.m. ET.The test of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, or IPAWS, is supposed to determine the readiness of the president to send out a nationwide message in case of emergency. If you've ever received one of those Amber Alerts on your phone, the Oct. 3 alert will pop up similarly. FEMA says the test will have the banner "Presidential Alert" and read, "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed."The Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) test message will be sent out to every cellphone with a wireless carrier that participates in the WEA program. FEMA says that WEA has over 100 participating carriers, including the largest providers, so odds are your phone will get this message.The original test was supposed to occur on … [Read more...] about Trump can text every phone in the US with a ‘presidential alert’
On September 20th, FEMA will conduct a test of its Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), which brings together two existing alert systems, the Emergency Alert System and the Wireless Emergency Alerts system, which will allow the government and president to send out an update to the public in the event of an emergency. FEMA says that it’s testing the system to “assess the readiness” for a national emergency message, and to “determine whether improvements are needed.” The WEA test will take place at 2:18PM ET on the 20th in the form of a text message to cell phones (which will come with a different ringtone and vibration), while the EAS test will take place two minutes later via television, radio and wireline providers, with more than 100 providers participating in the test. Any cell phone that is “switched on, within range of an active cell tower, and whose wireless provider participates in WEA should be capable of receiving the test … [Read more...] about FEMA will conduct a national emergency alert system test next week
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Tom James, Associated Press Updated 12:23 pm, Wednesday, May 30, 2018 Photo: Tom James, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Supermarket shelves are stripped bare of bottled water in Salem, Ore., late Tuesday May 29, 2018, after officials warned residents that tap water was unsafe for children and the elderly due to an algae bloom. The head of Oregon's emergency management agency has apologized after a cryptic emergency alert was forced out to cellphones in and around Oregon's capital city, displaying the words "Civil Emergency" and "Prepare for Action," but carrying little other information. less Supermarket shelves are stripped bare of bottled water in Salem, Ore., late Tuesday May 29, 2018, after officials warned residents that tap water was unsafe for children and the elderly due to an algae bloom. ... more Photo: Tom James, AP … [Read more...] about Oregon official apologizes after cryptic emergency alert