11:20 AM 11:18 AM Seattle time, phones across the United States will buzz with a text message likely to creep you out.
For one, it will be a “Presidential Alert.” Yikes.
For two, the message is a test of the nation’s Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts, messaging systems deployed to warn citizens of things like “dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations” like Armageddon and End Times.
Phones will sound the same disturbing tone that accompanies Amber Alerts. The test message will have a header that reads “Presidential Alert” and text that says: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”
“Users cannot opt out of receiving the WEA test,” FEMA reminds.
The October 3rd test is part of FEMA’s National Preparedness Month. The county also offers local emergency messages by cell phone, landline, and email via ALERT King County at kingcounty.gov/ALERTKingCounty. You can sign up for City of Seattle alerts at alert.seattle.gov.
As for alerts that would also be really useful, our region still doesn’t have an early earthquake warning system like Japan, Mexico, or India.