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Trump Jokes Flood Twitter After FEMA’s First Presidential Alert System Test

Trump Jokes Flood Twitter After FEMA’s First Presidential Alert System Test

A second alert on television broadcast and radio went off at 2:20 p.m. EDT.

The test alert was the most discussed topic on Twitter, in part because of President Donald Trump's propensity for sending tweets to his 55 million followers. There's no reason for alarm but knowing about it beforehand will likely save you a few minutes researching the unexpected notification on your phone.

Electronic devices across the United States sounded off Wednesday as the Federal Emergency Management Agency conducted its first-ever national wireless emergency alert test. The text will show up on your wireless phone with the headline, "Presidential Alert" and a text that reads, "THIS IS A TEST... of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System, no action is required".

The Presidential Alert is mandatory, so you can't voluntarily turn it off or opt out.

If you're an iPhone user and your phone was on silent or do not disturb you probably didn't hear the alert. There is no way to opt out of receiving this "Presidential Alert". The test of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system occurred at 11:18 a.m. PT.

The test was originally scheduled for September 30th, but was delayed due to Hurricane Florence. "Then you'll just get finished dealing with that then your T.V. will go off".

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We've seen Amber Alerts for missing children and weather alerts for incoming thunderstorms or tornadoes. The goal is to have phones get the alert at the same time.

Today is the very first time that a Presidential Alert test has been sent out nationwide.

Has an alert like this been sent out before?

A subsequent investigation by the Federal Communications Commission found that the staffer responsible for the message had thought an attack was truly underway, having misinterpreted a drill. It is expected that at least 95 percent of Americans will receive the following text: "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System".

Only phones that are WEA compatible, turned on, and within range of an active cell tower will actually get the message.

Legislation about emergency alerts have been rising since 9/11.


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