It's the first nationwide test of the system built by the federal government and cell phone carriers to warn Americans of an emergency, like a terror attack or a widespread disaster.
At 2:18 pm EDT on Wednesday (11:18 am PDT), most mobile subscribers in the United States can expect a "Presidential Alert" to brighten their day. "No action is needed", was sent around 1:18pm CT on Wednesday.
Here's what you'll see on TV or hear on the radio: "THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System". They involved putting the phone in airplane mode, rooting the phone, unlocking bootloader, installing Titanium Backup and upgrading to Pro, freezing "cell broadcasts" in Titanium Backup, using the SU terminal to navigate to CellBroadcastReceiver.apk and deleting it, rebooting the phone, and verifying the.apk is gone. Others didn't get it at all. The Warning, Alert and Response Network Act of 2006, said that cell phone users can't turn off presidential alerts.
"This is similar to what has been going on for decades on the television", said O'Connell.
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Judge Katherine Polk Failla in Manhattan rejected the longshot effort by three individuals who sued without a lawyer to try to stop the test Wednesday afternoon.
That questionnaire can be found online here. The plaintiffs said the alert system fails to give people the chance to opt out.
While thousands of articles were published about this test, there are still hundreds of questions, comments and claims spreading misinformation. It is being referred to as the "Presidential Alert" and will only be used in cases of a national emergency. The message was simply a "THIS IS A TEST" notice to make sure this emergency service works during times of danger.
Wednesday, October 3 at exactly 2:18 p.m. ET marked the first national use of the Wireless Emergency Alert system, or WEA.
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FEMA's Antwane Johnson told CBS News:"When those messages appear on mobile devices, people should take those extremely seriously". It is being completed in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission.
FEMA noted that "the WEA system is used to warn the public about risky weather, missing children, and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones".
Delivered to 225 million mobile devices, or 75 per cent of America's mobile phones, it comes with a noisy alarm and a text message, representing the latest incarnation of the doomsday warning that Americans might receive in the event of an imminent national emergency. The political purposes point is especially important, he noted, since people can not opt out of the presidential alert.
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.
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