Not getting enough tweets from President Trump? Well now, he will have the ability to send a Presidential Alert but only for nationwide emergencies so don't worry you won't get a text from Trump asking how your day is or about Fake News!
The test of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, or IPAWS, is supposed to determine the readiness of the president to send out a nationwide message in case of emergency. If you've ever received one of those Amber Alerts on your phone, the Oct. 3 alert will pop up similarly. FEMA says the test will have the banner "Presidential Alert" and read, "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed."
The Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) test message will be sent out to every cellphone with a wireless carrier that participates in the WEA program. FEMA says that WEA has over 100 participating carriers, including the largest providers, so odds are your phone will get this message.
In actuality this is probably a good thing so everyone is on the same page about a national emergency. Remember when you see this alert on October 3rd, it's just a test!
Due to severe weather across much of the East Coast and ongoing response efforts, the national emergency alert test has been postponed to the backup date of Oct. 3, 2018 at 2:18 PM EDT.— FEMA (@fema) September 17, 2018
If you have questions about the test, visit the FAQ at https://t.co/Op8T9AEpiF. pic.twitter.com/S9RYxyfdiv