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First ‘Presidential Alert’ system test to buzz phones today

Posted: 6:25 AM, Oct 03, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-03 07:25:53-04

With the push of a button and at the direction of the President, an alert will be sent to your cellphone today and nearly every other American, at the same time.

The message is scheduled to be the first trial of the “Presidential Alert” system, a new way to notify tens of millions of Americans of national emergencies.

Your phone will receive the alert at 1:18 p.m. central.

The “presidential alert” is a new type of notification for FEMA’s “Wireless Emergency Alert” system but, unlike other alerts, people with cellphones cannot opt out of the messages.