Update: A note came in from a reader saying that no “Presidential Alert” came through. I checked my own phones: no trace of any alert there, and I know at least one works, because an amber alert came through just the day before on one of the phones. I asked around and no one I know got the alert. So, was this a fail? ///////
Update again: I guess this was a fail of some kind. A reader says that there will be another try on October 3. ///////
The United States Federal government will test an emergency broadcast system on Thursday at approximately 2:18 pm EDT.
All US based cell phones will receive a text message from this system. The text will display a subject line, “Presidential Alert”. The body of the text will read:
“THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”
/// I remember an Obamanite during the years of that administration who set up a table in the parking lot of the soup kitchen in town and was failing in trying to force government phones on all and sundry, including yours truly:
- “Just take it.”
- “But I got a phone already.”
- “That doesn’t matter.”
- “But the government owns the phone, so everything that’s done with it is owned by the government, right?”
- “…splutter splutter splutter…”
/// Instead, this is a great use for cell phones by the government. I like it. Very useful. Communications are just about everything in an emergency. Gotta wonder about security for cell towers.
/// When I was a kid, we used to have emergency alert sirens for air raids and tornadoes. Everyone got super nervous if the siren didn’t go off at exactly 12:00 Noon on Wednesdays only.
/// When I was tiny little kid, in first grade, the Benedictine nuns at school taught us how to be safe during an attack using atom bombs as they were called. We were to hide under our school desks. She apologized for this being a little difficult for us since we had “rail desks” which didn’t leave much space for anything but feet under desks. She would be our emergency broadcast system.