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Trump text testing FEMA's new Presidential Alert system sent across US

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In case you had your cellphone turned off or you spend the day in airplane mode, the first "Presidential Alert" text went out at 11:18 a.m. PT/2:18 p.m.

To be clear, the text is solely a test of the ability for President Trump's administration to send a text message to as many Americans as possible, it's not indicative of any actual emergency.

If the text looks familiar, there's good reason, it's deployed via the same infrastructure used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"The WEA system is used to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones," the FEMA's post on the message said.

"The national test will use the same special tone and vibration as with all WEA messages (i.e.

The text comes from the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, which sent the message to every cellphone within the US operating on a network run by a carrier opting into the Wireless Emergency Alert system.

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