Published: Thu, October 04, 2018
Industry | By Faith Ward

Presidential Alert goes over poorly on social media

Presidential Alert goes over poorly on social media

It'll read: "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System".

The system is also used for lower-level alerts such as local weather warnings and AMBER Alerts, which are used to alert the public to missing children. 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.

FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018.

The new presidential alerts will allow President Donald Trump to send messages about national emergencies directly to most Americans' phones.

If you've ever received an Amber Alert on your phone, the WEA test probably looked similar. FEMA officials say the administration can only send a "Presidential Alert" in case of a true national emergency if the public were in danger.

The test was originally scheduled for September 30th, but was delayed due to Hurricane Florence. But in general, the process calls for the president - or his representative - to authorize FEMA to send an alert on the White House's behalf. If you get the message, that means everything is as it should be!

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So we asked FEMA why some people didn't get the alerts.

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Interestingly, the text is neutral and contains zero messaging directly from Trump - "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System".

Officials said they expected the alert would not reach all phones for a variety of reasons. Expect the same double beep and vibration as you would receiving the other alerts.

"Oh my. A "Presidential Alert" emergency".

In January, after months of escalating exchanges between Mr Trump and North Korean President Kim Jong Un, the state's emergency personnel sent out an alert message reading, "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII". Wireless users in the US with compatible phones, connected to commercial networks run by the major wireless carriers, were supposed to get the test.

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