Jokes and complaints as Trump sends 'presidential alert' to 225 million Americans

Jokes and complaints as Trump sends 'presidential alert' to 225 million Americans

Today's test will also reach TV and radio at 2:20 p.m. EDT.

If you happen to be watching television or listening to the radio around that time, you'll also see this alert broadcast out over the Emergency Alert System (EAS). No action is needed, ' " FEMA wrote. It's just a test of a "Presidential-level" Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA), which will be used to notify Americans in the event of national emergency.

It was originally scheduled for September but was delayed in order to avoid any confusion while Hurricane Florence response efforts were continuing in North and SC.

It wasn't immediately clear which cell providers are participating Wednesday, but Sprint customer service officials tweeted out a link to the FEMA primer.

Others even made edits to the alert, changing the text in the FEMA-controlled message to "The Clintons are coming!" or "I resign!"

FEMA invites the public to send comments on the nationwide EAS-WEA test to

It guided the ways in which local, state and federal officials could use these alerts. Users cannot opt out of receiving the test message.

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The notification popped up as a "Presidential Alert".

A FEMA lawyer said via a phone connection to the courtroom that decisions about alerts are at the discretion of the president, just as are many other decisions involving national security. If this had been an actual emergency an official message would have followed the tone alert you heard at the start of this message.

It's described as "a national public warning system that provides the President with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency". If you get the message, that means everything is as it should be! With other messages like AMBER alerts and flood warnings that automatically pop up on people's phones, many carriers let you go into your phone's settings to shut them off. There is no way to opt out of receiving this "Presidential Alert". A "Presidential Alert" emergency.

"I believe that for any public alert, people should be able to opt out", one of the plaintiffs, Kristine Rakowsky, said.

Manhattan plaintiffs are suing President Donald Trump and FEMA Administrator Brock Long.

"How he uses technology like not very responsibly". "In the case of a tornado warning, that lag could get you killed".