You will be receiving an emergency alert text from President Trump Wednesday

02 October, 2018, 21:55 | Author: Rickey Flowers
  • FEMA to test emergency alert system Wednesday

President Donald Trump will text every cell phone in the U.S.at 1:18 p.m. on Wednesday to test a national presidential alert system that will let any president issue a warning about a crisis. It will have a header that reads "Presidential Alert" and text that says: "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System".

More than 100 carriers, including the largest carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile), will participate in the emergency alert test, FEMA said.

"Users can not opt out of receiving the (Wireless Emergency Alert) test", notes FEMA. "No action is needed".

The test will take place on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at exactly 2:18 PM EDT. FEMA says that users can opt out of emergency alerts but by law cannot opt out of Presidential Alerts.

The test alert, the US government's first nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alert System, won't be from President Trump per se.

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Cell phones must be turned on and within range of an active cell tower to receive the test message, and some phones may not receive the message at all. Users can not opt out of receiving this WEA test.

The test message, as with other WEA alerts like severe-weather warnings, will include a special tone and vibration, both repeated twice.

What will be sent out Wednesday afternoon is just a test. The alert was initially scheduled to occur Thursday, September 20, but FEMA spokesman Mark Peterson tells CNN the test has been postponed, and October 3 was the alternate date for the test. Neither Trump nor any other USA president will be able to use the WEA system for any goal other than alerting citizens about a national emergency, according to FEMA.

The Presidential Alert would be used to allow the president to warn the public or address the nation during a national emergency. Some cell phones will receive the message; others will not.

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