President Trump may soon communicate with you via your cellphone

President Trump may soon communicate with you via your cellphone

"The president will not originate this alert, say, from his mobile device", a senior FEMA official told reporters on Tuesday.

Trump's text will be sent in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to test its Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) and Emergency Alert System (EAS) on a national scale.

Cell towers will broadcast the WEA test for approximately 30 minutes beginning at 11:18 a.m. "No action is needed" and will display the header "Presidential Alert".

A message box will appear on phones with a loud tone and vibration, similar to the alert cellphones receive for Amber Alerts, extreme weather and other threatening emergencies. In January, Hawaii's emergency management agency mistakenly sent out an alert warning of a ballistic missile threat to more than a million cell phones. Tests are periodically sent to learn any needed improvements in the distribution of these messages.

A group of New Yorkers is suing to be able to opt out of the alert, claiming it infringes on their First Amendment rights.

The test was originally planned September 20, but was postponed due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence, Hammond said.

Three New Yorkers filed a federal lawsuit last week attempting to block the test, saying it violates free speech and is an unconstitutional seizure of electronic devices. "FEMA and the nation's emergency management community remain committed to the life-saving activities occuring through parts of North Carolina and SC", a FEMA spokesperson explained.

Federal agencies also plan to broadcast minute-long test messages on television and radio at 2:20 p.m. Don't worry, you won't be receiving campaign-related messages.

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If it's not from President Trump, who is sending it?

Coming Wednesday to most American cellphones: a presidential text alert.

It will come through a system already integrated in Hamilton County. "Getting clear and accurate information to those facing an emergency is critical in helping protect the public".

The test will include two portions.

Some have noticed not everyone gets the message at the same time, and some notice major delays. Systems are activated differently and with separate, specific sets of criteria, Warstler said.

"The amount of coverage that they are assessed from the cell towers, so there's really nothing we can do about that", Maxwell explained.

If this had been an actual emergency alert, an official message would have followed the alert tone you heard at the start of this message. Some older phones may not receive the test message. Personal messages, campaign messages, and other political messages aren't permitted.

While most WEA-enabled phones have a setting to turn off Amber Alerts and emergency alerts sent through the system, a Presidential Alert can't be blocked and should make it through on any compatible phone and network.

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