Wednesday, October 3, 2018

REMINDER: Expect a text message from President Trump this afternoon


This afternoon at 2:18 PM EST, FEMA will send out a "Presidential Alert" to nearly every cell phone in the country to test its Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS).

To simplify, President Trump will text you this afternoon.

There is no reason to be alarmed, and no action to be taken. Again, the messaage will simply be sent out as a test on a nationwide level (as opposed to local severe weather, flood, Amber Alert notifications, etc.).

FEMA will also test its Emergency Alert System by broadcasting the same message two minutes later at 2:20 PM on TV and radio.

The test was originally scheduled to be sent out on September 20, but was postponed due to severe weather emergency responses taking part in various parts of the country.

The text of the message to be sent out, in case you're curious (or will have your phone off) will read:
THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System. This system was developed by broadcast and cable operators in voluntary cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission, and local authorities to keep you informed in the event of an 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. A similar wireless emergency alert test message has been sent to all cell phones nationwide. Some cell phones will receive the message; others will not. No action is required.”

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