Have a cellphone? Expect a "presidential alert" this afternoon

President Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House

President Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House

3, a nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alert system will commence at 1:18 p.m. CST., followed by a national test of the Emergency Alert System at 1:20 p.m.

Donald Trump will soon be blowing up your cell phone in a first ever test of a national presidential alert system. "No action is needed".

The message will be broadcast by cell towers for 30 minutes, so it's possible some people may get it later than 2:18 p.m.

According to FEMA, the Communications Act of 1934 gives the President the authority to use private sector communication systems, such as wireless service, to reach the public in national emergencies.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is coordinating with the Federal Communications Commission to send out a "Presidential Alert". Unlike those alerts, phone users can not opt-out, or disable, their phones from receiving the message. Last week, three people filed suit in NY to block the testing of the system, known as Wireless Emergency Alerts or WEA.

It's the first nationwide test for a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA). Alerts of this type are typically sent to targeted geographic regions.

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There will also be a way for cell phone users to partially unsubscribe to the alerts if desired.

PHOTO: A photo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency shows what the alert will look like for a nationwide test scheduled for October 3, 2018. The agency has tested its radio and television alerts through its "Emergency Alert System" on a national level three times before, according to the federal agency.

"This is something that should not be used for a political agenda", Johnson said. "We don't want Tennesseans to be surprised when they see, or hear, the alert on television or radio, and also receive it on their mobile devices". About 25% of phones are expected to not receive the "Presidential Alert" for a variety of reasons (for example, if the devices are turned off or if the user is in the middle of a phone call during the test).

An actual alert would be used for an impending missile attack or other national emergencies.

U.S. Citizens, including those in the WSPY listening area, will receive a test Presidential Alert on Wednesday afternoon. Others will not. No action is required.

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