Americans Can't Opt Out of Today's 'Presidential Alert'

Americans Can't Opt Out of Today's 'Presidential Alert'

Americans Can't Opt Out of Today's 'Presidential Alert'

That will go out to Alaska users at approximately 10:18 a.m. Wednesday morning. "No action is needed", the full text will read.

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.

Even though people get the point.

And late night host Stephen Colbert added: "Is there really an emergency so big that everyone in America, people in Hawaii, Florida, Maine, New Mexico have to hear about it at the exact same time?"

"I believe that for any public alert, people should be able to opt out", one of the plaintiffs, Kristine Rakowsky, said. I feel as though my personal space is set to be invaded by the insane uncle I had successfully avoided at the family reunion.

If you haven't looked down at your phone recently.

"I don't know it's scary", said Kareem Lundy.

"I probably won't have my cellphone turned off, because I have to pick up my son", she said. The alert won't have any substantial content - it's just a system test - but this sets a whole new precedent for how Americans are informed. Nonetheless when that terrible day comes, if so many our citizens have become so consumed by meaningless politics that they put themselves, their families, and their communities on the line for when ultimate disaster hits, then I, and I think many others, can not help but look at them with disgust for their selfishness.

Tesla Hit a Production Target. Now Can Elon Musk Turn a Profit?
Production including 53,239 Model 3s, fulfilling guidance of between 50,000 to 55,000 vehicles for the latest quarter. Tesla has racked up deep losses, announcing in August a record $717.5 million net loss for the previous quarter.

Another Twitter user wrote: 'Hello, I'd like to report a sexual predator sending unwanted text messages to 150,000,000 women'.

"A small part of me truly believed the presidential alert message was going to be an accidental sext", tweeted journalist Abi Wilkinson. "But overall it's effective, yes", said fairgoer Kristy Cheis.

It's not clear how successful the test was.

The WEA test message will read "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System".

"The Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system is used to warn the public about unsafe weather, missing children, and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones".

"Presidential Alerts are not to be used for general communication, and will only be used in cases of extreme national emergencies that affect public safety".

The Wireless Emergency Alert or WEA's origins can be traced back to the 2006 Warning, Alert, and Response Network Act passed by Congress to fund a new emergency alert system called for by the then President George W Bush in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. But FEMA officials said the administration can only send these alerts for emergencies affecting the whole country or if the public was in danger, according to Bloomberg. A secondary test will go out at 2:20pm ET from the Emergency Alert System to radio and television. The WEA test can, however, be ducked by powering your phone down.

Related news