FEMA will test its National Wireless Emergency Alert system on Wednesday. Here's what that means

FedScoop: On Wednesday, Oct. 3, somewhat after 2 pm Eastern Daylight Time, mobile phone users across the United States will receive a “Presidential Alert.”

“THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System,” the text of the message will read. “No action is needed.”

Contrary to what the text might lead you to believe, it’s not actually a message from President Trump. Rather, it’s the first time that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is testing its Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system on a national scale. The WEA test will coincide with a nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) test sent over broadcast, cable and satellite. Wednesday marks the fourth time the national EAS system has been tested.

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