Of course, this was a "Presidential Alert" which is supposed to be the highest, most urgent. If nuclear warheads were incoming -- when we would have a maximum of 20 minutes to prepare -- a five minute delay is inexcusable.
So, in spite of what some are saying, this test proves what I have said on numerous occasions (here, among many others): WEA does not work and, at least in Tornado Alley, you should have AccuWeather's App on your SmartPhone and WeatherCall on your home phone (two separate methods!) if you want to make your phone your primary warning tool. If not, AW on your smartphone or a NOAA Weather Radio, at least.
Now, I want to take a minute to answer some concerns raised by my Twitter friends. These are from two different people and I have intentionally omitted their names:
This meteorologist believes I am wrong to cast doubt on the warning system.
I do not want someone to see one of these billboards and think, "I've got a new smartphone, I'm covered" when the system is as flawed as WEA.
As you can see, I am going out on a limb with my peers because they don't like failures in the warning system discussed externally. I believe people whose tax monies support the warning system have a right to know when it works well (I wrong an entire book on this subject) and when it fails (as today) so they can make the best decisions possible to protect themselves and their families.
ADDITION that speaks for itself.