Trump is about to get his own "presidential alert" system plugged into your cell phone.
Next Thursday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will do its first test of a system that allows the president to send a message to most USA cellphones. "In other words, it's basically like an amber alert from the president when we're all about to die".
More than 100 mobile carriers are participating in the test at 2:18 p.m.
Cellphone users can not opt out of receiving alerts in accordance with the 2006 Warning, Alert and Response Network (WARN) Act passed by Congress. It is the first nationwide test to wireless phones using this system.
He plans to message every cell phone in America to test a new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) system that will allow any USA president to communicate directly via a text message with the public during a national emergency. During this time, cell phones that are switched on and within range of an active cell tower should be capable of receiving the test message.
"If you separate this from the politics and personality of any individual president, then this is a great idea and an awesome use of technology to reach everybody if they're in harms way", Karen North, director of the Annenberg Digital Social Media program at the University of Southern California, told NBC. You should hear the same special tone and your phone should vibrate. "No action is needed".
FEMA stated that the government can not track end users' location through this alert system.
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.
The EAS test is scheduled to last approximately one minute and will be similar to regular monthly EAS test messages on TV or radio.
FEMA announces the test of a new emergency alert system that will allow President Donald Trump to sent emergency alerts.
If the test is postponed for some reason, the back-up date is Wednesday, Oct. 3.