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

05 October, 2018, 14:17 | Author: Camille Rivera
  • Wireless phone users can't block Trump administration 'Presidential Alert' test message

GettyTrump with Mike Pence and Melania Trump visiting FEMA headquarters.

The cell phone alert will resemble the message seen above.

"This is a test of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System". The EAS message will include a reference to the WEA test. "In the case of a tornado warning, that lag could get you killed".

Earlier on Wednesday, a federal judge in New York City rejected a request to block the test in a lawsuit filed last month by three New York residents. It happened at 2:18 pm eastern time.

If you don't want AMBER alerts or flood warnings you can turn those options off in your phone settings.

Cell towers will also only broadcast the alert for about 30 minutes, so if you're on the phone or out of range for a half hour after 2:18 p.m. ET, you might miss it. "I thought that was the entire Trump presidency". The message you likely received (unless you turned your phone off) was the first ever nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system.

"Got it!" In Seattle, the test alert arrived in the middle of the GeekWire Summit.

It's the same kind of message that warns people of critical situations, including risky weather, but the test was put on hold due to a real emergency last month. "No action is needed", the message states.

The goal the Wireless Emergency Alerts is to be able to reach out to the public through cell phones about critical situations. The main difference is that this is nationwide rather than regional. The test message will be similar to regular monthly EAS test messages with which the public is familiar. And while Americans can choose not to receive weather and AMBER alerts, they cannot opt out of presidential ones.

The system is run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which says all of the country's major cellphone carriers participate. If this had been an actual emergency an official message would have followed the tone alert you heard at the start of this message.

Whether anyone else at your location received the WEA test alert message. In January, Hawaii's emergency management agency mistakenly sent out an alert warning of a ballistic missile threat to more than a million cell phones.

"In order to make sure our national alert system works the way it should, we need to test it", Schatz said. It began operating in 2012 and has been used regionally.

As it says, this is only a test!

You can read the full complaint here. Given the name of the message and President Donald Trump's penchant for online communication, people have plenty of questions about this system and how it affects them.



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