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Predictably, America wasn’t thrilled with the nationwide Presidential Alert test | Mashable

At 2:18 pm ET on Wednesday, cell phones across the country buzzed with a Presidential Alert emergency test from President Donald Trump.

It was part of the first-ever national test of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system, part of a pair of tests delivered by FEMA, that’s been buzzing phones on a regional basis for years, alerting customers mostly to severe weather and Amber alerts.

News of the test, which hit back in September, got some folks a little riled up because these alerts allow direct communication between the president and the nation in case of an emergency, like a natural disaster or terrorist attack.

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