Predictably, America wasn't thrilled with the nationwide Presidential Alert test

Most US cell phones to receive 'Presidential Alert' text on Wednesday

Most US cell phones to receive 'Presidential Alert' text on Wednesday

It'll read: "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System".

At 2:18 PM ET today, everyone with a mobile phone in the United States will get a message blast from the Federal Emergency Management Authority (FEMA). A senior FEMA official estimates 225 million cellphones will receive the Presidential Alert notification Wednesday at 1:18 EDT. This will happen even if your phone is on silent mode.

A wireless provider must be participating in the WEA in order to receive the test message.

The alert test, which is FEMA's first for the wireless emergency system - and is being coordinated with the Federal Communications Commission - made a sound similar to an Amber Alert or flood watch warning. Those rules were outlined in a 2006 law, so the alert system can't be used for personal messages from the president.

If you're looking at another piece of glowing glass - like your television - during the test, you may just see the alert there, too.

The alert will work in a similar way to systems that allow police and local authorities to send out Amber alerts and weather warnings.

FEMA's Antwane Johnson told CBS News:"When those messages appear on mobile devices, people should take those extremely seriously". The goal is to have phones get the alert at the same time.




The message will be sent through FEMA's Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system, which was launched in 2012.

More than 100 wireless carriers, including all major companies, participate in the Wireless Emergency Alert, the release said, and cell phone users can not opt out of the alerts.

Our President now has another way to reach you.

People are so against the unwanted presidential alert that a lawsuit was filed September 26 to try to prevent it.

Earlier on Wednesday, a federal judge in New York City rejected a request to block the test in a lawsuit filed last month by three New York residents.

In a real emergency, devices would get the alert at the same time or as close to the same time as possible.

Only phones that are WEA compatible, turned on, and within range of an active cell tower will actually get the message.

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