Published: Thu, October 04, 2018
IT | By Jonathon Greene

Donald Trump is sending a ‘Presidential Alert’ to all US cellphones

Donald Trump is sending a ‘Presidential Alert’ to all US cellphones

Integrated Public Alert and Warning System was responsible for sending out the test.

So we asked FEMA why some people didn't get the alerts.

There will be a second alert at 7.20pm BST (2.20pm ET), which will instead allow the US President to communicate trough radio and television.

Martin Heinrich, who is running for Senate in New Mexico, used the interest in the alert to send a warning about midterm election security. The Warning, Alert and Response Network Act of 2006, said that cell phone users can't turn off presidential alerts.

FEMA officials say they expect the alert to reach 75 percent of wireless-enabled devices, including cell phones and smartwatches. People with their phones on silent still saw the alert message on their screens.

This test was originally scheduled for last month, but had to be postponed while the agency responded to Hurricane Florence. If this had been an actual emergency an official message would have followed the tone alert you heard at the start of this message.

The system was put in place during President Barack Obama's tenure to alert people of a dire threat, but it didn't get its first test until TODAY.

This message and will be labeled a "Presidential Alert" and, yes, will be coming at the direction of the White House. 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. The goal is to have phones get the alert at the same time. And although you can opt out of AMBER alerts and weather alerts, you can't opt out of Presidential alerts.

Some users expressed relief that they did not receive an alert to their mobile device, while some voiced concern that they might not be alerted in the case of a real emergency. "This is a test to make sure the alerting system works and that we can get that message out from FEMA in Washington, all the phone carriers and then to the cell towers then does it get to everyone's phones".

Don't worry: The government didn't just spam you.

The law establishing the alert says it can not be sent out for any reason other than "a natural disaster, act of terrorism or other man-made disaster or threat to public safety", according to NowThis.

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