FEMA to test system allowing Trump to send emergency alerts

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

On Thursday September 20, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will test a new "presidential alert" system which will have Trump text almost every person in the U.S. with a cell phone.

The Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system is already in use in the USA -smartphone users are likely familiar with the loud, droning tone of flood warnings or Amber alerts. "No action is needed", the message will say.

The presidential alert is one of three kinds of alerts in the FEMA's WEA system, which also notifies the public about extreme weather or missing children, also known as AMBER alerts. Under the Warning, Alert, and Response Network (WARN) Act of 2006, cellphone users can not opt out of the presidential alerts.

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

The test will last for about 30 minutes, beginning at 2:18pm ET on Thursday.

In a real situation, the system would be used to warn the public about risky weather, missing children, or another critical situation that may require you to evacuate or remain in place.

The alert will be sent out on September 20 around 2:18 p.m. eastern time.

He plans to message every cell phone in America to test a new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) system that will allow any USA president to communicate directly via a text message with the public during a national emergency. Any cellphone that is powered on, connected to a WEA member's network, and is within range of an active cell tower will receive the message once.

"This is a great idea and an awesome use of technology to reach everybody if they're in harm's way", Karen North, the director of the Annenberg Digital Social Media program at the University of Southern California, told NBC News.

In its news release, FEMA said it could postpone the national test to October 3 if the agency is dealing with a major weather event, but it has not yet made that determination.

Despite Trump's frequent use of Twitter as a method of communicating, experts told NBC News on Friday that Trump would not overuse the "Presidential 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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