Trump administration will send an alert to your phone next week

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency is testing a new "presidential alert" system nationwide for the first time next week that will make it possible for Donald Trump to directly message almost everyone in the nation who has a cell phone. It is part of a nationwide test by the Federal Emergency Management Agency of Wireless Emergency Alerts systems to assess its effectiveness.

Even though experts explained to The Hill the national emergency notification system has for decades remained "professional and impartial", those opposed to the president did not welcome FEMA's announcement. 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.

The 2015 law authorizing the WEA system allows warnings to be sent only in times of "natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster or threat to public safety", NBC News noted.

There will be an initial test of the presidential alert system on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 2:18 p.m. EDT.

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

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

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FEMA said those whose cell phones are switched on, within range of an active cell tower, and whose wireless provider participates in WEA [Wireless Emergency Alerts] should receive the message only once.

Officials in Alaska want to hear from residents and what they think about the effectiveness of a national emergency system.

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

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. "No action is needed".

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 have yet to make that determination. It is the system's first nationwide test in which users can not opt out.

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