The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is testing a new system next week that allows President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump stands by tweets questioning Puerto Rico death toll: "NO WAY" Trump pushes back on ex-lawyer putting out book, cites "attorney-client privilege" Wealthiest Republican supporter in OH quits party MORE to send messages directly to USA cellphones.
Everyone will then receive a message in English that reads: 'THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. "No action is needed".
Former President Barack Obama signed a law in 2016 requiring FEMA to create a system that lets United States presidents send cellphone alerts regarding public safety issues like natural disasters and "terrorism". Users can't opt out of the presidential alert test, according to FEMA.
We don't actually know if the president will send the text himself, but it will have a headline that says "Presidential Alert".
The administration will send a test alert via radio and television broadcasters two minutes after the cell phone alert.
Wireless Emergency Alerts can be sent by the National Weather Service, local first responder agencies, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the President through a system devised by FEMA and the Federal Communications Commission.
When the alert comes, a tone and vibration will sound off twice - the same sound that is used for AMBER alerts and weather warnings. 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.More news: Space Station astronaut captures mammoth Hurricane Florence from directly above
More than 100 mobile carriers are participating in the test at 2:18 p.m.
If for some reason the test is postponed, it will be rescheduled for October 3, the FEMA release says.
FEMA is also tasked with ensuring that the President can alert the public under all conditions in cases of national emergencies, including natural disasters and terrorist threats.
It will interrupt programming for about one minute, FEMA said.
FEMA officials told CNN on Saturday morning it is still planning to conduct the test this week.
The agency is required by law to conduct a nationwide test of its public alert systems no less than once every three years.