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What to Know About Wednesday's National Presidential AlertFEMA's Presidential Alert system test on Wednesday sent a message to 225 million smart phones. No, it's not a text from Donald Trump.
Cellphone users nationwide just received a 'Presidential Alert.' Here's what to know.October 4 at 6:47 AM Beginning at 2:18 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, Americans across the country were interrupted by an urgent notification on their cellphones. "Presidential Alert," the message read. "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed."
Didn't get FEMA's 'Presidential Alert'? Here's whyDidn't get FEMA's "Presidential Alert" on Wednesday? Try not to worry. After all, it was only a test. The Federal Emergency Management Agency's first nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alert, or WEA, system reached an estimated 225 million cellphones, or 75 percent of all such devices.
The Mercury NewsJason Green
'Presidential Alert' Goes to Millions of Cellphones Across the U.S.At 2:18 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, cellphones across the United States emitted the ominous ring of an emergency presidential alert. It was the first nationwide test of a wireless emergency alert system, designed to warn people of a dire threat, like a terror attack, pandemic or natural disaster.