The Wall Street Journal: FEMA to test ‘presidential alert’ system Wednesday

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A ‘presidential alert’ is coming to most American cell phones on Wednesday.

Coming Wednesday to most American cellphones: a presidential text alert.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency plans its first test of a system for sending nationwide wireless messages to U.S. cellphones and some smartwatches. The drill is scheduled to start at 2:18 p.m. ET, followed two minutes later by a similar message sent through television and radio broadcasts. Some wireless alerts could be delayed by as much as 30 minutes.

The “presidential alert” will look and sound similar to the severe weather and Amber alert notifications often sent by state and local officials.

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