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". It will have a header that reads "Presidential Alert" and text that says: "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System".
The Wireless Emergency Alerts test will begin at 2:18 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, Oct. 3.
The new presidential alert will be used for advance warning of national crises, and not for regional or local alerts.
While individuals can opt out of ordinary emergency alerts (like Amber Alerts or extreme weather notifications), that's not an option for Presidential Alerts.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission will be issuing nationwide test alerts Wednesday for Wireless Emergency Alerts and Emergency Alert Systems, officials said.
The test is meant to assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed. The first message should arrive at 11:18AM PT / 2:18PM ET as the WEA test is performed.
Cell towers will broadcast the Presidential Alert for 30 minutes, but each phone "should only receive the message once", according to FEMA.
What will be sent out Wednesday afternoon is just a test.
The test originally had been scheduled for September 20, but was postponed to Wednesday, its backup date, because of Hurrican Florence. "No action is needed".