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Social media responds to Presidential Alert

Posted: 12:19 PM, Oct 03, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-03 19:27:16Z

Did you get the first Presidential Alert this morning? How did you feel about it?

The text alert was sent by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the goal is warn residents of national emergencies, such as dangerous weather.

We took a look at Twitter to see how people responded. Some people seemed annoyed and others amused. We also found a few supportive tweets.

In case you were unaware, the ability to send a Presidential Alert isn't a new idea.

"The Communications Act of 1934 established the authority for the President to use certain private sector communications systems for priority communications, such as sending alert and warning messages to the public, during national emergencies," said FEMA in a FAQ explaining the test.  

Learn more about it here