According to Newsweek, FEMA will test a national emergency notification system Wednesday that sends a push alert and vibrating tone to every wireless phone in the country reading, “Presidential Alert.”
The “Presidential Alert” alarm will be similar to AMBER alerts or inclement weather warnings that have vibrated cellular phone owners’ devices for several years. But at 2:18 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Wednesday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will test the first of two new wireless emergency alert notifications across U.S. cell towers for 30 minutes. The second alert at 2:20 p.m. will allow President Donald Trump to communicate with the nation through radio and television broadcasts.
FEMA’s website describes how Trump will be able to streamline communication to cell phone users in case of an emergency: “The EAS is a national public warning system that provides the President with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency. 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.”
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