Trump will be sending you a text today - sort of

Trump will be sending you a text today - sort of

During the height of tensions between the United States and North Korea earlier this year, Hawaiians were startled to receive an emergency alert on January 13 that warned of an incoming ballistic missile and told residents to immediately seek shelter. No action is needed, ' " FEMA wrote. A test message will be sent to wireless devices throughout the country and territories.

The Presidential Alert is similar to the state-level systems that let police and local authorities send out AMBER Alerts and weather warnings. Some cell phones will receive the message; others will not.

The hashtag #PresidentialAlert became the top USA trending topic on Twitter, where most users complained about the alert system or used the opportunity to crack jokes. You'll get a message on your phone with a tone & vibration.

The system is run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which says all of the country's major cellphone carriers participate. It was previously supposed to be tested on September 20, 2018 but was "postponed until October 3, 2018 due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence".

Late Night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel poked fun at the politics of calling the text a "Presidential Alert".

The judge said she believes the litigants want to ensure President Donald Trump doesn't turn the alert system into a second Twitter feed.

Officials estimated Tuesday that upwards of 225 million USA mobile phones and other devices like smartwatches would receive the alerts broadcast by cell towers, or about 75 percent of all devices. FEMA said the test is made available to EAS participants which include radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers.

"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.

"Everything is secured, password-protected and then authenticated or checked by two people before that message is sent", the official said.

Extreme and Severe Threats: These alerts are used to alert the public to imminent safety threats, and are mostly used for weather warnings.

The WEA part of the test comes first.

You can block the test message by putting your smart phone in Airplane Mode, or by turning your phone off. That means everyone's smart phone will blare out an Amber Alert-like alarm at the same time.

What about the other screens in my life?

This is nothing new, and the system has been tested before. U.S. cellphone users are not able opt out of presidential alerts.

The WEA test message will read "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System". Of course, you're cutting off all communication for your phone so you won't get any calls or other messages. The alerts will sound as long as the device is turned on - even if it's on mute or do not disturb, and it may also appear on smart watches, officials said.

But some people said they didn't know the test was going to happen.

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