A 'Presidential Alert' will be fed to just about every cellphone in the nation on Thursday and you CAN'T opt out.
FEMA and the FCC are pushing out a "Presidential Alert" test to nearly every cellphone in the nation September 20th to, as stated on FEMA's website, "assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether technological improvements are needed." There is a Wireless Emergency Alert system in use which is typically used to notify the public about extreme weather or missing children. On Thursday however, these two agencies will sound an alarm on cellphones across the nation at 2:18pm EDT. Following at 2:20pm will be a test on radio and TV of the Emergency Alert System, which the president can use to communicate with the public in the event of a national emergency.
Expect the message to read "Presidential Alert," along with the message: "This is a test of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed." It's the first time the government has conducted a nationwide test of the WEA, while it's the fourth time for the EAS. Wireless customers can't opt out of or turn off the impending alert, as it's mandatory for every wireless company participating in the WEA system.