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

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

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

Cell towers will also only broadcast the alert for about 30 minutes, so if you're on the phone or out of range for a half hour after 2:18 p.m. ET, you might miss it. A second alert two minutes later from President Donald Trump is scheduled through radio and television broadcasts. "No action is needed".

The test was originally scheduled for September 20, but it was rescheduled because of the ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence. This just happens to be the first nationwide test of the system.

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

FEMA is testing its National Wireless Emergency Alert System on Wednesday afternoon.

Since 2012, government agencies have issued regional alerts more than 36,000 times for severe weather warnings and missing abducted children (the latter known as AMBER Alerts). It wasn't until Wednesday that it got its first test. That has some liberals really upset, complaining about President Trump.

It's the same kind of message that warns people of critical situations, including unsafe weather, but the test was put on hold due to a real emergency last month.

So if there's no soundbite from the commander-in-chief, why call it a Presidential Alert?

"There is no opting out of the presidential alert, which would only be used in a national emergency", confirms a senior FEMA official.

Did your phone alert you of a odd message this afternoon? FEMA officials estimate it will reach about 75 percent of all mobile phones in the country, including phones on all of the major carriers.

"Officials - including [President] Trump - are free to define "act of terrorism" and "threat to public safety" as they see fit, potentially broadcasting arbitrary, biased, irrational and/or content-based messages to hundreds of millions of people", the legal action claimed. "It'd be nice to know, especially as we go about our day, we all can't sit down and watch the news or read the newspaper" said Connor Williams.

What kind of emergency would this be used for?

"People are gonna empty their bowels after getting Wednesday's "Presidential Alert" test text", wrote filmmaker Todd Vaziri. It's not supposed to be used for political purposes, and it will only be used very rarely. You can turn your phone off (and leave it off for about half an hour) if you don't want to receive the alert.

FEMA stated that some phones may not get the message.

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