Donald Trump Sends Americans First Nationwide Presidential Alert Text

Isaac Cain
October 5, 2018

A secondary test will go out at 2:20pm ET from the Emergency Alert System to radio and television.

FEMA said the "presidential alerts" are only meant for use in a national emergency, and are the only type of alert that can be sent nationwide by the organization. "No action is needed", the full text will read. It's just a test of a "Presidential-level" Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA), which will be used to notify Americans in the event of national emergency.

The test was originally scheduled for September 30th, but was delayed due to Hurricane Florence.

"That's the whole point of conducting these tests, so we as the government can determine where the deficiencies are so we can go back and make improvements", said Mahoning County EMA Director Dennis O'Hara.

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.

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.

Some Trump critics seized on the alert's transmission to poke fun at the president.

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Another Twitter user posted a screen shot of a different text message he received from the president. It is to conclude, FEMA said, by announcing that "A similar wireless emergency alert test message has been sent to all cell phones nationwide".

Ricky Gervais said: "Can't wait for the first ever presidential alert saying that SNL sucks".

The test alert was sent by a device similar to a laptop from a FEMA laboratory. Those rules were outlined in a 2006 law, so the alert system can't be used for personal messages from the president. Some got as many as four alerts on their phones; others didn't get any.

The National Wireless Emergency Alert System (WEA) is typically used to warn the public about missing children, risky weather, and other critical information via cell phone alerts. Shortly after the alert was sent, FEMA shared a poll on Twitter asking if people received it. The presidential alerts provide direct communication between the White House and Americans in case of a national emergency, like a disaster or a terrorist attack. "The WARN Act further established that the wireless alerting service should allow wireless subscribers the capability of opting out of receiving WEA alerts, other than an alert issued by the President".

"How he uses technology like not very responsibly".

What if I didn't get the alert?

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