Donald Trump may be sending text messages to his cell phone next week and it will not be to send a political message or criticize his opponents.
On Thursday, September 20, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will test a new "presidential alert" system that will make Trump send a text message to almost everyone in the US. UU With a cell phone.
More than 100 main cell phone operators will participate in the test at 2.18 p. M. Eastern Standard Time on Thursday and anyone with a cell phone can choose not to receive the text.
All participating service providers will receive a message on their phone with the heading "Presidential Alert," FEMA said in a statement on Thursday.
FEMA is testing a presidential warning system on Thursday, September 20 that will make Trump send text messages to almost every cell phone in the United States.
When the alert arrives, a tone and vibration will sound twice, the same sound used for AMBER warnings and weather warnings.
Then, everyone will receive a message in English that says: THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed & # 39;
FEMA said in a statement: & # 39; The EAS [Emergency Alert System] it is a national public warning system that provides the president with the communication capacity to address the nation during a national emergency. "
The system is also used to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones.
FEMA said those whose cell phones are on, within the reach of an active cell tower, and whose wireless service provider participates in WEA [Wireless Emergency Alerts] I should receive the message only once
The message will read: THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed & # 39;
Unlike the president's tweets, officials assured that the system would not be sued for political messages.
"If you separate this from the politics and personality of any individual president, then this is a great idea and an incredible use of technology to reach everyone if they are in danger," Karen North, director of the Annenberg Digital Social Media program. at the University of Southern California, he told NBC.
This is the fourth national EAS test and the first national WEA test, according to FEMA.
Previous national EAS 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 National Preparedness Month.