"Due to severe weather across much of the East Coast and ongoing response efforts, the national emergency alert test has been postponed to the backup date of October 3, 2018 at 2:18 PM EDT", the tweet read.
You'll soon be getting a message on your phone from the President of the United States - whether you are a supporter or not. The wireless alert version of the test will take place at 2:18PM EDT on October 3, followed two minutes later by the EAS test.
EAS is a national public warning system that provides the President with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency.
Federal officials previously announced that the government has a system for sending messages to all cellphone users in the event of a serious weather situation or other emergency. If you've ever received one of those Amber Alerts on your phone, the October 3 alert will pop up similarly.
In its statement last week on the test messages, FEMA said the presidential alerts can be used only for national emergencies and the president has sole responsibility for determining when such alerts are used. A similar wireless emergency alert test message has been sent to all cell phones nationwide. Do you know someone else we should interview for this story? "No action is needed".
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The WEA system is used to warn the public about unsafe weather, missing children, and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones.
More than 100 mobile carriers, including all the major wireless firms, are participating in the roll out, FEMA stated in a message on its website posted Thursday. That means it's unlikely that President Donald Trump, whose use of Twitter has revolutionized White House communications, could use it to send personal messages. The well-worn emergency alert system reaches mainly radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers.
The test was originally scheduled for this Thursday, but FEMA tweeted about a change in plans on Monday morning.
The test is supposed to take place at 2:18 p.m. EDT on September 20. U.S. cellphone users will not be able to opt out.