Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Tech | By Anita Cain

Everyone Really Enjoyed Getting that Presidential Alert Text

Everyone Really Enjoyed Getting that Presidential Alert Text

It's only a test, so there's nothing to worry about. A "Presidential Alert" emergency.

"It should be reserved for true situations, true emergencies, when we need to get the public's attention", Johnson said.

Some stars raised the possibility of trying to "block" the message, the website said.

Older Americans will remember emergency alerts being around for decades on broadcast TV and radio. They're meant for only the most dire of emergencies, and were passed into law along with the 2006 WARN act. It was originally named the Personal Localized Alerting Network (PLAN), was later renamed the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS), and is now finally the WEA.

FEMA didn't force wireless carriers to participate, but as NBC News notes, majority did anyway. Much like tornado warning sirens that sound once a month in tornado-prone areas, the systems have always been used to provide real-time assistance to anyone placed in danger.

The alternative is to buy a phone which isn't WEA-compatible, but most newer wireless phones are. "[Trump's] rise to power was facilitated by weaponized disinformation that he broadcast into the public information sphere via Twitter in addition to traditional mass media".

IPAWS-NOAA Gateway: This is used to deliver alerts to weather radios.

It's a robust system that helps ensure public safety alerts can reach a large percentage of the population.

Late Night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel poked fun at the politics of calling the text a "Presidential Alert".

As a matter of fact, the words "Presidential Alert" were a bit misleading.

The San Diego Zoo didn't seem to mind a tweet from Trump at all, and even used it as a reason to send out an adorable tweet. It wasn't until Wednesday that it got its first test.

All phones were supposed to have alerted at 1:18 p.m. CDT. Secondly, it originated from the Federal Emergency Management Agency system or FEMA. "No action is needed", the message read.

Presidential Alerts are similar to Amber or other emergency alerts on your phone - you hear a loud noise comes along with vibration.

Earlier on Wednesday, a federal judge in NY rejected a request to block the test in a lawsuit filed last month by three NY residents.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was testing the system to alert people about national emergencies for the first time.

The message read, "Presidential Alert, THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System".

Another Twitter user posted a screen shot of a different text message he received from the president. "No action is required". The people with their phones on do not disturb got the alert once their phone is off that mode.

"With today's society, it's something that was needed and it's sad to say that but I think it's a great thing that they're doing", said Cecilia Stevenson.

Phones that are on and in service range should receive WEA messages.

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