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FEMA’s ‘Presidential Alert’ system will let Trump send you a text

September 16, 2018 - 1:41 pm
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WASHINGTON (1010 WINS) -- President Donald Trump may send a text to your phone soon.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that it will be conducting tests for its Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) sometime in September.

In the event of a national emergency or major weather event, a text message will be sent out to cell phones around the country. The message will show up as a “Presidential Alert” for some warnings.

The public warning will give the President “communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency.”

The alert will use the same buzzing and ringing sound for an Amber Alert or Extreme Weather Warning.

It will be possible to opt out of the WEA test. According to FEMA, “the President has sole responsibility for determining when the national-level EAS will be activated.”

The first test of the new alerts will take place on Sept. 20 at 2:18 p.m.