You Should Have Received A 'Presidential Alert' On Your Cell Phone

President Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House

The EAS portion of the test, which will be sent to radio and television, will follow at 2:20 p.m. EDT.

"Presidential Alerts are not to be used for general communication, and will only be used in cases of extreme national emergencies that affect public safety". There's no reason for alarm but knowing about it beforehand will likely save you a few minutes researching the unexpected notification on your phone.

Around 225million devices received the message at 2:18pm EDT Wednesday, which read 'Presidential Alert.

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

All modern cellphones that meet the WEA criteria will receive these messages. FEMA is testing out a new Wireless Presidential Alert System on Wednesday.

This test was originally scheduled for last month, but had to be postponed while the agency responded to Hurricane Florence.

The suit states the complainants are people "who do not wish to receive text messages of any kind on any topic or subject from President Trump".

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You got it just now, right? With the message came a loud tone similar to that of an Amber Alert or tornado and flood warning.

So get used to that!

"Got it!" In Seattle, the test alert arrived in the middle of the GeekWire Summit. It has comments dating all the way to present day, so if you're really wanting to try to disable presidential alerts, this might be your best source.

Interestingly, the text is neutral and contains zero messaging directly from Trump - "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System". The WEA test can, however, be ducked by powering your phone down.

The test will allow FEMA to assess the infrastructure needed to produce a national alert and examine whether changes will need to be made.

Unlike the Amber and weather alerts, the presidential alert can't be turned off.

In a real emergency, devices would get the alert at the same time or as close to the same time as possible. Minutes before the alert was sent out, a federal judge in NY rejected a lawsuit by three people who claimed that the presidential alert violated the First and Fourth Amendments, because Americans could not opt out.

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