'Presidential Alert' sent to every phone in America

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"Additionally, if a user is on a call, or with an active data session open on their phone, they might not have received the message".

The test will allow FEMA to assess the infrastructure needed to produce a national alert and examine whether changes will need to be made.

"Indeed on Twitter we saw how quickly "#PresidentialAlert" became a joke as users, largely opponents of our president, took to the platform to create memes mocking the alert as if it were used for trolling or minor notices.

More than 100 mobile carriers are participating in the program, the agency said, meaning almost all cellphones will receive the alerts.

This alert was originally scheduled for September 20, but rescheduled for Wednesday after Hurricane Florence.

As described by FEMA, the EAS message is to begin with the words "THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System".

Others used their own technological prowess to manipulate the message.

The Emergency Alert System message will be longer. Rest assured that while these alerts originate at the White House, Trump himself does not press send and they are reserved for only the most dire of circumstances.

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"You would not have a situation where any sitting president would just wake up one morning and attempt to send a personal message", said the official speaking to reporters on condition of not being named.

Then who pushes the button? Some say they don't like knowing they can't opt out of getting the alert.

Can I Block These Alerts?

But unlike weather and Amber alerts, individuals won't be able to opt out of these Presidential Alerts.

Even though people get the point.

What about the other screens in my life? Weather alerts can be sent nationwide, but not all at once like Presidential alerts. The test allows "presidential alerts" to hit the majority of cellphones at 2:18 p.m ET.

FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018.

In this photo illustration, a phone displays an emergency alert message on October 3, 2018. The other option is to keep your phone from connecting to a cell tower. It featured a loud alarm, followed by vibration that lasted around one minute, and required no action.

The test seemed to go off without a hitch. You can turn your phone off (and leave it off for about half an hour) if you don't want to receive the alert. A wireless provider must also be participating in the WEA in order to receive the test message, Accuweather reported.

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