Presidential Alert text messages coming to your phone, explained

Presidential Alert text messages coming to your phone, explained

Presidential Alert text messages coming to your phone, explained

The WEA portion of the test will commence at 2:18 p.m. EDT.

Officials said they expected the alert would not reach all phones for a variety of reasons. No action is needed, ' " FEMA wrote.

While the wording used by FEMA is a presidential alert, an agency spokesman said Tuesday that the message would not be coming directly from President Donald Trump.

It was meant to be tested on 20 September, but this was postponed because of Hurricane Florence.

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.

As mentioned previously, FEMA constructed the test as a way to see if any improvements to the system are necessary. The regional WEA alerts began during the administration of Barack Obama.

FEMA estimated about 225 million electronic devices, or about 75 percent of all mobile phones in the country, would receive the alert. Unlike the presidential message, these can be switched off.

A FEMA lawyer said via a phone connection to the courtroom that decisions about alerts are at the discretion of the president, just as are many other decisions involving national security. Some got as many as four alerts on their phones; others didn't get any.

An mobile phone screenshot of the Emergency Alert send by FEMA to all USA mobile user to test the National Wireless Emergency Alert System, Oct. 3, 2018.

Cell phone owners in the United States will receive WEA alerts from the president regardless of whether their carrier allows them to opt out of the other alerts. It featured a loud alarm, followed by vibration that lasted around one minute, and required no action.

The EAS test message is a nationwide emergency alert test that is sent out on broadcast television and radio, rather than on mobile phones.

It didn't take long for the internet to buzz with reaction to the country's first nationwide tweet from President Trump.

A group of New Yorkers filed a lawsuit in federal court in NY arguing they should not be compelled to receive the alerts under their right to free speech.

O'Connell said that the system is like an Amber Alert or a weather alert but people can't turn them off.

FEMA officials use a device that's "very similar to a laptop computer", the senior FEMA official said.

If you're in range, though, you're getting the alert whether you like it or not.

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