The mobile device-owning public won’t be able to opt out a test of the presidential-level Wireless Emergency Alert on Oct. 3, according to senior officials at the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission.
The two agencies are set to conduct nationwide tests of two national emergency alert systems on Wednesday afternoon. The agencies will test for the Presidential-level Wireless Emergency Alert system on commercial wireless networks for the first time ever. That alert will go out at 2:18 pm eastern time, according to a senior FEMA official on an Oct. 2 call with reporters.
At 2:20, the agencies will also test the Emergency Alert System that goes out via broadcast, cable, satellite, and wireline communications systems.