FEMA Conducts National Presidential Alert Test

Washington, D.C. - FEMA conducted a nationwide Emergency Alert test today. 

The test took place around 2:18pm EST. About 225 million electronic devices across the U.S. received a message and a tone along with their phone buzzing . 

The text message alert read  "Presidential Alert" and text said "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed."

It is the first test of the national wireless emergency system by FEMA. The system test is for a high-level "presidential" alerts that would be used only in a nationwide emergency. 

FEMA officials said they would share test result data with mobile carriers to help make sure the system works well in a true emergency. 

A group of New Yorkers had filed a lawsuit in federal court in New York arguing they should not be compelled to receive the alerts under their right to free speech.

(Photo provided by Federal Emergency Management Agency) 

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