FEMA to test system allowing Trump to send emergency alerts

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It's only a test. The systems allows the president the "communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency".

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is testing a new system next week that allows President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump stands by tweets questioning Puerto Rico death toll: "NO WAY" Trump pushes back on ex-lawyer putting out book, cites "attorney-client privilege" Wealthiest Republican supporter in OH quits party MORE to send messages directly to US cellphones. He says it's necessary in a world where people aren't using mediums like television and radio as much, where alert messages have been sent in the past.

More than 100 mobile carriers are participating in the test at 2:18 p.m. The president is the only one who can determine if an alert needs to be sent out. It is the first nationwide test to wireless phones using this system. During this time, cell phones that are switched on and within range of an active cell tower should be capable of receiving the test message. It is also meant to be used in a national emergency, only by the president.

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He plans to message every cell phone in America to test a new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) system that will allow any US president to communicate directly via a text message with the public during a national emergency. If this had been an actual emergency an official message would have followed the tone alert you heard at the start of this message. "No action is needed".

Presidential alerts will only be sent out if there is a national emergency that is not extreme weather or Amber Alerts. "The test is made available to EAS participants (i.e., radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers) and is scheduled to last approximately one minute". It is the system's first nationwide test in which users can not opt out.

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

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