Twitter Is Not Too Happy About The Upcoming Presidential Alert

You’re going to get a Presidential Alert Wednesday, but it’s not from the president | The State

You’re going to get a Presidential Alert Wednesday, but it’s not from the president | The State

Electronic devices across the United States sounded off as the Federal Emergency Management Agency conducted its first-ever national wireless emergency alert test.

Sometime after 2:00pm Wednesday, FEMA in collaboration with the FCC, conducted a nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) and Emergency Alert System (EAS). "No action is needed". Some older phones, however, may not receive the alerts.

The alert will also have a header that reads "Presidential Alert".

"I did not get an Alert System text today", wrote one Twitter user.

Fema officials estimated that about 225 million devices would receive the alert at about the same time, but the message was broadcast by mobile towers for 30 minutes so some people got it later than others.

The test will have the same tone as AMBER alert warnings and will feature the words "Presidential Alert" and "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System".

It was not clear how successful the test was.

"This test is meant to ensure public safety officials have the methods and systems in place that will deliver urgent alerts and warnings to the public in times of emergency or disaster", according to a FEMA statement. Some of those tools include wireless alerts, television and radio broadcasts, social media and website postings, search and rescue volunteers, and local media.

Can we opt out?

Unlike emergency alerts and Amber alerts, these presidential alerts can not be turned off, according to FEMA.

In New York, US District Judge Katherine Polk Failla rejected a last-minute effort to block the test.

The plaintiffs said the alert system fails to give people the chance to opt out. Once there, scroll to the very bottom to turn off the alerts.

Some Trump critics seized on the alert's transmission to poke fun at the president. The EAS is a national public warning system that allows the President the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency via radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers.

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