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Trump Admin Announces Test of Obama-Era Presidential Alerts, The Left Responds Predictably

Trump Admin Announces Test of Obama-Era Presidential Alerts, The Left Responds Predictably

And no, there’s still no opt-out from these Presidential Alerts

Back in 2011, the Obama administration announced that it was going to roll out an emergency alert system that entailed, in part, text messages to one’s phone from the president.  No one can opt out of these “Presidential Alerts,” and there was quite an uproar from the right about this at the time.

This week, FEMA announced that it will again be testing this emergency alert system on Thursday—it was first tested in November of 2011, and the left is suddenly not happy with the Obama plan now that Obama is no longer in office.

The LA Times reported on this system back in 2011:

President Obama, who has been called the texter-in-chief, will soon have the ability to send any cellphone in the U.S. a text-message warning of impending danger, from a tornado to a terrorist, under a new emergency alert system called PLAN.

The new system, which was announced Monday, is an expansion of the Federal Communications Commission’s emergency alert system, which is currently broadcast over radio and television.

PLAN, which is short for Personal Localized Alerting Network, will first be rolled out in New York City by the end of 2011, with the rest of the U.S. to follow in about the middle of next year, the FCC said in a statement.

. . . . Only three types of alerts will be sent out on PLAN: messages issued by the president, alerts involving imminent threats to safety of life, and Amber alerts.

PLAN alerts will also be given a unique attention signal and vibration, “which is particularly helpful to people with hearing or vision-related disabilities,” FEMA said.

Consumers will have the option, through their wireless carrier, to block all PLAN alerts except for those issued by the president.

FEMA tweeted about Thursday’s test:

According to FEMA’s press release about Thursday’s test, these tests have been conducted in previous years, though the alert system is no longer called “PLAN.”

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on September 20, 2018. The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. EDT, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.

The WEA test message will be sent to cell phones that are connected to wireless providers participating in WEA. This is the fourth EAS nationwide test and the first national WEA test. Previous EAS national tests were conducted in November 2011, September 2016,  and September 2017 in collaboration with the FCC, broadcasters, and emergency management officials in recognition of FEMA’s National Preparedness Month.

The left is freaking out.  Because Trump.  Of course.

They suddenly don’t like being forced to receive text messages from the president, and that’s all well and good (I’m not a fan, either), but their objection has nothing to do with principle.

It’s called a “presidential alert” because apparently that’s the way the Obama admin wanted it.  What is it with the left that they cannot imagine anything beyond a given moment?  Did they think Obama would be president forever, that no Republican would ever win the White House again?

Some are kind of funny.

And some are just unhinged.


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May Trump issue an alert each and every calender day of his administration. I don’t get them. When I gained root access I deleted the apk.

PLAN, which is short for Personal Localized Alerting Network

The most scandalous part of the whole thing is that somebody out there in Obama sycophant-land actually thought that was cute. Ugh.

though the alert system is no longer called “PLAN”

Well, obviously, the Trump era is an improvement all ’round.

there’s still no opt-out
rooted androids can disable the service. present s9+ not rooted so will get them.

It’s called the off switch when you discover you are just not as important as you think you are.

Now on to more important questions:

Why didn’t Milano ever star in a sequel…ie-Teen Steam 2?

Trump administration prepares to test the great-great-great grandson of the old CONELRAD, liberals go crazy.

Of course, they go crazy when the flag is lowered, when it is raised, when he plays golf, when he does not play golf, when he gets ice cream for dessert, etc…

Eastwood Ravine | September 16, 2018 at 3:58 pm

Presidential Alert: due to an anticipated heavy turnout, Republicans will vote Tuesday, November 6th and Democrats will vote Wednesday, November 7th.

My question for Katy Penland is- WTF are you doing paying extra for messages these days? And, BTW- emergency alerts, like 911 calls, don’t counts as minutes or data should you be one of those not on unlimited plans. 911 calls an even be made on phones not hooked up to a carrier.

The funny thing is, I honestly don’t recall getting the original one. I think I was running on such an old phone at the time that it couldn’t interpret the message.

Odumbo unintended consequences, Aylissa.

Milano must be in a contest with Jim Carey to become hollyood idiot of the year. There really should be such a category at the Oscars. Perhaps moooochelle obama could appear again, and make the presentation.

I would agree that there should be an opt-out. But the unhinged hysteria by the Left is getting rather boring. They need to shut up and move on.

That’s their dear leader’s legacy. Why are they whining?

If Hillary had won we’d probably be seeing Carlos Danger’s junk on this thing.

Maybe the message should just say: Covfefe.