Didn’t Get The Presidential Alert Test Message? Here’s Why

Didn’t Get The Presidential Alert Test Message? Here’s Why

Didn’t Get The Presidential Alert Test Message? Here’s Why

Can you blame them?

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

All freaking out aside, the wireless alert system actually launched in 2012 when Barack Obama was president, so it's been around for a while.

You can't opt out of the WEA and EAS test, nor can you disable it.

Can I silence my phone or turn off the alert?

The lawsuit against Mr Trump and FEMA administrator Brock Long said the system was a "violation of Americans' first and fourth Amendment rights to be free from government-compelled listening, as well as warrantless, non-consensual trespass into and seizure of their cellular devices".

You can block the test message by putting your smart phone in Airplane Mode, or by turning your phone off.

Schatz' statement was issued minutes before the alert appeared on cell phones.


Following the test, the Alaska Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management is asking those who got or didn't get the alert to respond to an online questionnaire telling them how the test went.

The WEA portion of the test commences at 8:18 a.m. HST and the EAS portion follows at 8:20 a.m. HST.

The goal the Wireless Emergency Alerts is to be able to reach out to the public through cell phones about critical situations. "You've probably received one of these alerts if you've been in the path of severe weather events". It was completed in co-ordination with the Federal Communications Commission. "Verizon has voluntarily participated in the program from its beginning, and almost all the handsets we sell to customers are capable of providing the alerts".

In January, after months of escalating exchanges between Mr Trump and North Korean President Kim Jong Un, the state's emergency personnel sent out an alert message reading, "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII". Mistakes like that could make people nervous about this new nationwide alert. The TV and radio alert has been tested for several years.

FEMA officials said the administration can only send such an alert for national emergencies or if the public were in peril, according to rules outlined in a 2006 law, and say it can't be used for any sort of personal message from a president.

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.

The idea behind the WEA is to be able to deliver alerts of different kinds to people all over the U.S. but to also be able to target them to specific geographic regions when necessary.

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