Presidential emergency alert system text coming next week

Trump Can Message You Directly On FEMA Alert System To Be Tested Next Week

Trump Can Message You Directly On FEMA Alert System To Be Tested Next Week

The Trump administration will send a test message to all USA cellphones on Thursday for a new alert system that aims to warn the public about national emergencies.

The latest announcement about the alert comes amid a flurry of tweets from President Donald Trump's personal Twitter account in recent days regarding Hurricane Florence.

The message will have a header that says "Presidential Alert" and text that says: "This is a test of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed".

FEMA said those whose cell phones are switched on, within range of an active cell tower, and whose wireless provider participates in WEA [Wireless Emergency Alerts] should receive the message only once.

DHS&EM operations chief Bryan Fisher said that Alaska feedback is important as communications in the state differ from the Lower 48.

News reports that next Thursday FEMA will perform its first test of the system which, when fully implemented, can send a message immediately to more than 100 mobile carriers.

Officials insisted that the system can not be used for political purposes. It is the first nationwide test to wireless phones using this system.

The system is normally used to send out an Amber Alert or a severe weather event on your phone.

Experts NBC spoke with also didn't seem too concerned that Trump, who often takes to social media to harangue opponents and announce policy, would use the new messaging system in a similar way.

The agency is required to conduct a nationwide test of its public alert systems no less than once every three years under the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Modernization Act of 2015.

An EAS message will also be sent out at the same time.

UCLA communications professor Tim Groeling stated by email to the news agency that alert systems under multiple presidents have existed for decades and remained impartial in that time. "The test is made available to EAS participants (i.e., radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers) and is scheduled to last approximately one minute".

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