Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Business | By Eloise Houston

Trump will TEXT almost every cell phone in the country next week

Trump will TEXT almost every cell phone in the country next week

Get ready to receive a text message from President Donald Trump on September 20.

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.

You don't need to take any action for the test.

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. Users can't opt out of the presidential alert test, according to FEMA.

The Trump administration will send a test message to all USA cellphones on Thursday to test a new alert system. This will be the first national WEA test, and it is expected to be broadcast over cell towers for a 30-minute period.

Since the wireless emergency alert system began in 2012, it has issued over 36,000 alerts for situations such as missing children, extreme weather and natural disasters, but never a presidential directive.

The same ear-shattering tone used for AMBER alerts and Tornado warnings will introduce the message.

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.

If there is some reason why the test can not be conducted on September 20th, FEMA will try again on October 3rd at 2:18pm EDT.

If the test is postponed for some reason, the back-up date is Wednesday, Oct. 3.

"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 harms way", said Karen North, director of the Annenberg Digital Social Media program at the University of Southern California.

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. The well-worn emergency alert system reaches mainly radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers.

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