'Presidential Alert' wireless emergency test is happening today

Wireless phone users can't block Trump administration 'Presidential Alert' test message

Wireless phone users can't block Trump administration 'Presidential Alert' test message

Jennifer Mendelsohn tweeted: 'My brother just texted me "It's like an Amber alert except it's used when someone has abducted your country"'.

FEMA didn't force wireless carriers to participate, but as NBC News notes, a lot of them did anyway.

The hashtag #PresidentialAlert became the top US trending topic on Twitter, where most users complained about the alert system or used the opportunity to crack jokes. IPAWS is designed as a way to coordinate public safety alerts at the national level, whether those alerts are intended for the entire nation or a more targeted local area.

Predictably, the alarm test triggered a wave of annoyance, frustration, and amusing tweets and memes about Trump, the system, and cell phones.

EAS: The Emergency Alert System delivers alerts via radio and television.

On her Twitter feed, she linked to an article about the test alert adding the caption: 'Making sure this works'.

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

The Wireless Emergency Alert or WEA's origins can be traced back to the 2006 Warning, Alert, and Response Network Act passed by Congress to fund a new emergency alert system called for by the then President George W Bush in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

As a matter of fact, the words "Presidential Alert" were a bit misleading. However, FEMA confirmed to CNN that Trump will not be sending the alert from his cellphone. It wasn't until Wednesday that it got its first test. The test is made available to EAS participants, officials said.

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That message will read, "THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System". According to FEMA, the body of the text will let people know that it's only a test and no action is needed.

GeekWire's Kurt Schlosser, right, and John Cook talk GeekWire Summit attendees through the arrival of a national test alert on their phones Wednesday.

Although the message was sent out by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, it still appeared to some as if it came from President Donald Trump, Hollywood Life reported.

Wednesday's test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts system is the first time that emergency management officials have used the nationwide alerting capabilities reserved for the office of the president.

Whether anyone else at your location received the WEA test alert message. It featured a loud alarm, followed by vibration that lasted around one minute, and required no action. It's not a flash flood, tornado, Amber Alert, or another potentially catastrophic event. Some got as many as four alerts on their phones; others didn't get any.

"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. Only phones that are WEA compatible, turned on, and within range of an active cell tower will actually get the message.

And while you can block that cloying ex or irritating in-law from texting you, there's no opting out of Beltway bellwethers from the Oval Office.

All wireless carriers that participate in the WEA system will send the alert; there are approximately 100 WEA carriers in the USA, including the four major providers.

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