“Presidential Alert” test messages to go out Wednesday afternoon


Americans nationwide will receive an alert on their cell phones from President Donald Trump for the first time ever on Wednesday, but it won’t be a personal message.

It’s the first test of a national presidential alert system, which will allow any president to issue a warning about a crisis.

Officials said that could include a missile launched by another country at the U.S., severe weather, or other critical situations.

Major carriers like AT&T, Verizon and Sprint will all participate.

FEMA said the test message will have a “Presidential Alert” header and text that reads, “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.” 

Marshall County EMA Director Tom Hart told 7News he thinks it’s a great idea.

“Once they do these tests, it will actually make people more aware if they were to receive an alert across the system. So, it will be a nice thing to test and see how it integrates with our mass communication system on the local level as well,” Hart said.

These alerts will go out to cell phones, on Wednesday, at 2:18 p.m. and 2:20 p.m.

The test was originally planned for September, but Hurricane Florence preparedness and response efforts prompted FEMA and the FCC to postpone.

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