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Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2018 11:12 pm

Earlier today, President Trump issued a nation wide emergency test alert. According to FEMA, the test was issued to gauge how easily the government could warn citizens in case of a state of emergency. The presidential alert is similar to AMBER alerts and extreme weather alerts sent out to mobile phones.

NAZ Today reporter spoke with a few different people in Flagstaff to hear their thoughts on the alert. Todd Whitney, Coconino County Director of Emergency Management, mentions how the alert system will allow the president to give information to the entire nation. Arizona resident, Cookie Pashkow, comments on how the name of the alert is inappropriate. Local resident, Dean Cody, disagrees saying the alert is not about the president, but the message.

Whitney also encourages residents of Coconino County to sign up for emergency alerts on the county's website. The county sends out emergency alerts via cell phone, voice messages, and emails.

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