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Here’s what you need to know about today’s unavoidable Presidential Alert notification

You can't block it and you probably shouldn't try.
Presidential Alert

This is just a test.


This afternoon at 2:18 p.m., your smartphone—regardless of carrier or settings—will notify you with an emergency alert. The intentionally-alarming message is a test of a new system called the Integrated Public Alert and Warning system, which is part of the . And no, you can’t get out of it.

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