U.S. 'presidential test alert' sets American phones to buzzing

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A second alert on television broadcast and radio went off at 1:20 p.m. CDT.

Keep your eyes peeled for a POTUS alert Wednesday-not on Twitter or TV, but in a text delivered straight to your phone, as long as your provider's on board and you're in range of an active cell tower.

Additional results from EAS participant station reception and broadcast of the national test message will be collected over the next month and reported later and compared against previous test results. The EAS, familiar to those who have grown up in the U.S., is used to broadcast national emergency alerts over television, radio, cable, satellite radio and other pre-internet mass media channels.

Others altered the words of the message, including the Brooklyn Nets basketball team who tweeted: "THIS IS A TEST OF THE BKN WIRELESS ALERT SYSTEM".

While people can opt out of certain alerts, the one to be sent Wednesday is not one of them.

It said cell phones should get the message only once.

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On Wednesday, October 3, more than 225 million Americans received a text message they were not able to block.

The WEA system is used to warn the public about unsafe weather, missing children, and other critical situations. They're saying he can't be trusted to not use this option for future "Presidential Alerts" that don't have anything to do with emergencies. The law behind the cellphone notification system, which was passed in 2016, requires FEMA to run a test at least every three years.

The warning system "provides the president with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency", FEMA said in a notice posted on its website. The test message will be similar to regular monthly EAS test messages with which the public is familiar. "No action is required".

Presidential Alerts are similar to Amber or other emergency alerts on your phone - you hear a loud noise comes along with vibration.

Unlike other alerts - such as natural disaster warnings - there is no way to opt out, except switching a device off or blocking its cellular connection. The WEA system was established a decade ago and became operational in 2012. That has some liberals really upset, complaining about President Trump. "There are lots of things to worry about right now, but this test is not one of them".

The judge asked a government lawyer if there were standards in place to prevent someone from using the system for political purposes. FEMA is exploring making the alerts available in additional languages.

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