Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Industry | By Kenny Hampton

Donald Trump Sends Americans First Nationwide Presidential Alert Text

Donald Trump Sends Americans First Nationwide Presidential Alert Text

While those can be turned off, the 2006 Warning, Alert and Response Network Act stipulates that the "Presidential Alert" cannot.

Comic Kathy Griffin, a longtime Trump critic, used her Twitter account to show a phony Presidential Alert reading: "FAILED COMIC KATHY GRIFFIN IS TRYING TO DESTROY A GREAT MAN, BRETT KAVANAUGH!"

FEMA officials have said the Hawaii incident played no role in the scheduling of Wednesday's test.

EAS has been tested nation-wide three times already in November 2011, September 2016, and September 2017. "WEA includes a special tone (some describe it as quite loud) and a vibration, both repeated twice", FEMA writes on its official website.

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.

The EAS portion follows at 2:20 pm.

As mentioned previously, FEMA constructed the test as a way to see if any improvements to the system are necessary.

It's the first nationwide test of the system built by the federal government and cellphone carriers to warn Americans of an emergency, like a terror attack or a widespread disaster.

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The brief message will also say that it is only a TEST and that no action is needed. Who Will Get the WEA Test?

Only WEA compatible cell phones that are switched on and within range of an active cell tower, and whose wireless provider participates in WEA will be capable of receiving the test message.

But with people unable to opt out, the hashtag #PresidentialAlert became the top trending topic in the United States on Twitter as people complained and joked about it.

"Got it!" In Seattle, the test alert arrived in the middle of the GeekWire Summit.

On Wednesday, October 3, more than 225 million Americans received a text message they were not able to block. Of course, you're cutting off all communication for your phone so you won't get any calls or other messages.

The WEA system now only supports English messages at this time, FEMA noted.

"Agencies like the National Weather Service and local governments use these systems to provide life-saving information during and after natural disasters and other emergencies", Silliman said.

All freaking out aside, the wireless alert system actually launched in 2012 when Barack Obama was president, so it's been around for a while. Personal messages, campaign messages, and other political messages aren't permitted.

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