FEMA is ready to test a Presidential Alert system

FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will test a new alert system that will allow the president to send a message to every phone in the United States. This will commence the first test and it will allow the president to address the nation in the event of an emergency. This will become possible due to the Wireless Emergency Alert System which has been present in mobile phones since 2012. The system is currently used to send severe weather alerts and AMBER alerts. On Thursday, September 20 at 2:18 PM everyone will receive the following message, “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.” Some people fear that this alert can be abused because of the president’s frequent twitter use. However, experts say that the alerts will only be sent in dire emergencies and they should not be equated with the frequent social media use.

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