Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Didn't get the Presidential Alert? This is why, according to FEMA

Didn't get the Presidential Alert? This is why, according to FEMA

It could be used for less serious dispatches like telling Americans to vote in the upcoming midterms, but since the system is in FEMA's hands, we can presume it will only be used to warn us of impending disaster. The WEA test can, however, be ducked by powering your phone down. While those can be turned off, the 2006 Warning, Alert and Response Network Act stipulates that the "Presidential Alert" cannot.

Twitter user Ed Krassenstein posted a graphic which read: 'Presidential Alert: The Clintons are coming!

The presidential alert is created to let the White House inform the entire country nearly instantly of grave public emergencies, such as a terrorist attack or an invasion, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Late Night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel poked fun at the politics of calling the text a "Presidential Alert". The NWS has already been broadcasting alerts to localities under a severe or special weather advisory, but this is the first national test - it's meant to communicate integral messages regarding imminent national security threats.

Not everyone was pleased about the decision to send out the test alert.

"If we have something that's of national significance, we can rapidly notify the American public of that event", said explained Johnson.

Most of the people FOX4 spoke with at the State Fair of Texas during the test said they got the text.

Cellphone users can opt out of getting Amber Alerts and other local or regional warnings.

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

A similar message will then be broadcast on TV screens and radio two minutes later at 2:20 p.m.

Additional results from EAS participant station reception and broadcast of the national test message will be collected over the next month and reported later and compared against previous test results.

The alert, which was scheduled for 7.18pm BST (2.18pm ET) on Wednesday, was the first trial of the system, which is part a new collaboration with The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Not all phones, however, will receive Wednesday's alerts. "No action is required". It's also possible that if you leave your phone off or have a call that lasts for more than 30 minutes, you might not receive the alert at all. They failed, at least when it came to the test. J.B.

Anyone within range of a working cell tower and with a mobile device that is switched on received the message on their screens whether they liked it or not.

The message being sent today is just a test and not an actual alert.

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