Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

'Presidential Alert' sent to every phone in America

'Presidential Alert' sent to every phone in America

The test, according to FEMA, is meant to asses the readiness of the country's alert systems and is scheduled for 2:18 p.m. ET. Despite the text saying "no action is needed", people did react: with anger, laughter, frustration, and even memes. It uses a system called WEA that stands for Wireless Emergency Alert.

The test was originally scheduled for September 20, but it was rescheduled because of the ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence.

However, the National Emergency system was on a much bigger scale.

The test was mandated under a 2015 law that said one must be run at least once every three years. It wasn't until Wednesday that it got its first test. But President Trump doesn't control it as some people thought.

Former Department of Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson told "CBS This Morning" that the alert should be used for "true emergencies when we need to get the public's attention".

In New York, U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla rejected a last-minute effort to block the test. Unlike the presidential message, these can be switched off.

Older Americans will remember emergency alerts being around for decades on broadcast TV and radio.

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Because the message is meant to include "critical lifesaving information", it's created to reach as many cell phones as possible, even those that aren't activated or don't have SIM cards.

Levine/NewscomHundreds of millions of Americans received a "Presidential Alert" on their cell phone today.

Others worry that President Donald Trump, a very active user of Twitter, would abuse the system and force the public to receive messages from him. This system was developed by broadcast and cable operators in voluntary cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission, and local authorities to keep you informed in the event of an emergency. The alerts are issued at the direction of the President (or an appointee) and are activated by FEMA representatives.

What kind of emergency would this be used for?

"This is something that should not be used for a political agenda", he said. Shortly after the alert was sent, FEMA shared a poll on Twitter asking if people received it.

FEMA stated that some phones may not get the message.

But how you feel about national alerts may have a lot to do with how you feel about whoever happens to occupy the White House.

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