Did You Receive Today’s Presidential Alert Prompt On Your iPhone?

FEMA Presidential Alert on iPhone.

FEMA Presidential Alert on iPhone.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, also known as FEMA, has tested this afternoon the U.S. Wireless Emergency Alert System (WEA), by dispatching a text to all mobile phones in the United States. The test has been conducted as planned on Wednesday, October 3 at 2:18 pm EDT. A Presidential Alert message has been dispatched to all active cellular phones in the U.S. Did you receive a prompt on your iPhone called Presidential Alert?

The message states “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed”. The prompt comes together with the Dismiss option, which allows you to clear the alert from the screen. Wireless Emergency Alerts are messages that are sent via your mobile carrier. The message box is accompanied by a loud tone and a vibration. The alert is easily distinguishable from a regular text message!

Types Of WEA Alerts
The U.S. has three types of Wireless Emergency Alerts:
– Presidential Alerts: The one that was tested today. This is the only alert that can be sent nationwide by FEMA.
– AMBER Alerts: Child abduction alerts also known as America’s Missing Broadcasted Emergency Response.
– Extreme weather and other threatening emergencies.

Fact: While Presidential Alerts subscriptions are mandatory and activated by default, other WEA alerts can be opted out. However, we don’t recommend you to unsubscribe!

Did you know about this FEMA test? Have you received today’s alert? Share your thoughts!