Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Trump will TEXT almost every cell phone in the country next week

Trump will TEXT almost every cell phone in the country next week

The Trump administration will send a test message to all US cellphones on Thursday for a new alert system that aims to warn the public about national emergencies. But it won't be a political message or attack on one of his perceived enemies-or at least, it's not supposed to be.

The messages will bear the headline "Presidential Alert", the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which will send the message, said in a statement earlier this week.

If you can't remember this happening before-you're correct.

News reports that next Thursday FEMA will perform its first test of the system which, when fully implemented, can send a message immediately to more than 100 mobile carriers.

At about the same time on September 20, FEMA will also run a test of the Emergency Alert System on television and radio.

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The Warning, Alert and Response Network Act of 2006 does not allow the option. FEMA also assured people that it can't track cell phone users' locations through the alert system. "No action is needed".

In the test next week everyone will receive a message that will look like a text and will be headed "Presidential Alert", said FEMA.

'If you separate this from the politics and personality of any individual president, then this is a great idea and an fantastic use of technology to reach everybody if they're in harm's way, ' Karen North, director of the Annenberg Digital Social Media program at the University of Southern California, told NBC. Trump is about to get his own "presidential alert" system plugged into your cell phone.

"During this time, WEA compatible cell phones that are switched on, within range of an active cell tower, and whose wireless provider participates in WEA should be capable of receiving the test message", FEMA said. It is the system's first nationwide test in which users can not opt out.

UCLA communications professor Tim Groeling agreed, writing via email, "broadcast-based emergency alert systems. have remained professional and impartial over decades". The well-worn emergency alert system reaches mainly radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers.

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