‘Presidential Alert’: FEMA to test emergency alert system 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

Cell phone users may receive a text from President Donald Trump next Thursday as the Federal Emergency Management Agency conducts its first presidential-level Wireless Emergency Alert test. But it won't be a political message or attack on one of his perceived enemies-or at least, it's not supposed to be.

If you can't remember this happening before-you're correct. Wireless Emergency Alerts do not require users to "opt-in", and most mobile phones in use today can receive the 90-character text-like messages. Emergency alerts will also continue to be available on NOAA Weather Radio, news broadcasts, the Emergency Alert System on radio and TV programs and via outdoor sirens. "No action is needed", the message will say.

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

No one with a cell phone can opt out of presidential alerts.

Mobile alerts sent through the WEA system are now categorized as imminent threats about emergencies in an area, including extreme weather, AMBER alerts for missing children or "Presidential alerts about emergencies of national effect", FEMA said.

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The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. EDT, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT.

"The EAS is a national public warning system that provides the President with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency", the statement continued. It is the first nationwide test to wireless phones using this system.

"If you separate this from the politics and personality of any individual president then this is a great idea and an unbelievable use of technology to reach everybody if they're in harms way", said Karen North, director of the Annenberg Digital Social Media program at the University of Southern California. It is the system's first nationwide test in which users can not opt out.

Previous EAS national tests were conducted in November 2011, September 2016, and September 2017 in collaboration with the FCC, broadcasters, and emergency management officials in recognition of FEMA's National Preparedness Month.

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