US Cellphones Will Receive 1st-Ever "Presidential Alert" Text Today

Talk about hotline bling! On Wednesday at 2:18 p.m. ET, roughly 225 millions U.S. cellphones are expected to receive the first-ever "Presidential Alert" text from FEMA. The text will serve as a test of a system designed to issue warnings to Americans in case of armed attacks, natural disasters or cyberattacks. NPR reports that the message will arrive with "an audible tone and then a text that states: 'Presidential Alert' followed by 'THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.'" Meanwhile, FEMA estimates that about 75 percent of U.S. cellphone users in the U.S. All major carriers are on board to deliver the text--and sorry, there's no opting out.

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