A national emergency alert test is happening on your phone tomorrow

Emergency alert test going out to mobile phones nationwide

It's only a test-but you can't opt out.

According to FEMA, the alert is not a text or SMS (short message service) but an audio and text warning that will display as a notification across a user's cell phone - similar to the ones carriers receive during AMBER alerts and weather emergencies. "It has some direct impact on either life or safety".

If you get an emergency alert on your phone Wednesday afternoon, don't be alarmed. "No action is needed", officials said.

The test alert, the US government's first nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alert System, won't be from President Trump per se.

The MEMA website says that the system provides the president with the ability to communicate with the nation in times of a national emergency.

Cellphone users can expect their phone to get the alert, along with "a loud tone and vibration" at 2:18 p.m.

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While FEMA is responsible for sending the alerts, it reported that President Donald Trump "has sole responsibility for determining when the national-level EAS will be activated".

The test was originally scheduled for September 20 but was postponed due to Hurricane Florence recovery efforts.

Cell towers will broadcast the Presidential Alert for 30 minutes, but each phone "should only receive the message once", according to FEMA.

For more information on the test, visit the FEMA website here.

The Wireless Emergency Alert system is used to notify Americans about risky weather from the National Weather Service, AMBER Alerts for missing children, and other urgent situations from federal, state and local authorities.

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