Plaintiffs compare the alert system to "hijacking private property for the goal of planting a Government-controlled loudspeaker in the home and on the person of every American".
A majority of cell phone users will receive an alert on Wednesday, October 3, with the header "Presidential Alert" and the message, "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System". The message will have an audible tone, and the text will read, "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System".
The emergency management agency will be testing its Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) program. They expect about 75 per cent of all wireless users to get the alert.
It's not a political message, but an emergency test message sent from President Donald Trump as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's system to warn the public in cases of national emergencies. That test will assess the effectiveness of sending out "a national message and determine whether improvements are needed". "No action is needed".
Wireless Emergency Alerts are sent to people's cell phones across the country during certain "critical situations", including risky weather events and times when there are missing children.
The WEA test message will be sent to cell phones that are connected to wireless providers participating in WEA.
If you get an emergency alert on your phone Wednesday afternoon, don't be alarmed.
The test was originally scheduled for September 20, but was postponed until Wednesday, October 3rd. This is the first nationwide Presidential-level test, and no, you can not opt out of it.
Cell phones that are turned on and within the range of an active cell tower are expected to receive the message.