FEMA to test 'Presidential Alert' system next week

FEMA to test 'Presidential Alert' system next week

A majority of cell phone users will receive an alert on Thursday, September 20, with the header "Presidential Alert" and the message, "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System".

Compatible cellphones, which include those from every major carrier, will receive a message that reads "Presidential Alert" and "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed".

Americans will get a text alert from President Trump next week. The president is the only one who can determine if an alert needs to be sent out.

The Trump administration will send a test message to all U.S. cellphones on Thursday to test a new alert system.

The administration will send a test alert via radio and television broadcasters two minutes after the cell phone alert.

The system is used to warn the public in cases of emergency, such as unsafe weather, and missing children.

Dubbed the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) the test will go out to all phones connected to those carriers and will be broadcast by cell phone towers for 30 minutes beginning at 2:18 p.m. EDT.

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The U.S. government is preparing to conduct the first nationwide test of a feature created to help the president reach the public during emergencies by sending warnings relayed through the country's largest wireless network providers to mobile phones within range.

UCLA communications professor Tim Groeling agreed, writing via email, "broadcast-based emergency alert systems. have remained professional and impartial over decades".

'If you separate this from the politics and personality of any individual president, then this is a great idea and an awesome use of technology to reach everybody if they're in harm's way, ' Karen North, director of the Annenberg Digital Social Media program at the University of Southern California, told NBC.

In the event of widespread severe weather or another significant event on September 20, the test will be pushed back to October 3, FEMA said.

FEMA officials told CNN on Saturday morning that they are still planning to conduct the test this week.

"THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System".

You've probably already heard of the Emergency Alert System, which sends a national public warning via radio and television in the event of an emergency and conducts periodic tests.

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