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Everyone in the U.S. got a text message from President Trump today

05 October, 2018, 14:12 | Author: Joanna Little
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This is the first national WEA test. "In the case of a tornado warning, that lag could get you killed".

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It happened at 2:18 pm eastern time. Additionally, if a user is on a call, or with an active data session open on their phone, they might not have received the message.

The initial test of FEMA's "presidential alarm" is scheduled for 2:18 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3. "I thought that was the entire Trump presidency".

The WEA and EAS systems are used to warn the public about emergencies, such as unsafe weather or missing children, according to FEMA.

Most of the people FOX4 spoke with at the State Fair of Texas during the test said they got the text.

Today's alert is the first national test of the WEA system. "No action is needed".

Although the test had been reported in advance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), few were prepared for the emergency tone on their phones, commonly associated with the "amber alert" system for missing children. The main difference is that this is nationwide rather than regional. TV and radio alerts have been tested before. You're probably familiar with this system because it's been around for a long time. It will sound similar to the routine tests that flash across your television screen once a month.

He said some people did not receive alerts on some devices during that test. It will be followed by a broadcast alert two minutes later. Wireless users in the USA with compatible phones, connected to commercial networks run by the major wireless carriers, were supposed to get the test. Such presidential alerts would be sent in the event of a pending missile attack or other national emergency, and U.S. cellphone users are not able opt out of them. It began operating in 2012 and has been used regionally. "There are lots of things to worry about right now, but this test is not one of them".

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You can read the full complaint here.

The tests have drawn a lot of attention on social media in part because of President Donald Trump's propensity for sending tweets to his 55 million followers.

GettyA woman checks her cell phone as she waits in line to enter the U.S. Supreme Court.

This alert could be used in the event of a major solar or magnetic event, or other national emergencies, Bruner said.

It is unknown if Trump will attempt to misuse this power as a political tool to make announcements.

As a matter of fact, the words "Presidential Alert" were a bit misleading.

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