The President Will Text You Today

At 2:18pm today, the Trump administration will send a text message to nearly 200 million cellphones across the U.S.A.  This will be a test of the Presidential Alert System.  

FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) will actually be sending the message with the headline "Presidential Alert."   Phones should make a live tone and have a special vibration.   A separate alert on all radio and TV stations will follow at 2:20pm.   In the case of a real national emergency, important information would be relayed with this system.

Government officials say the alert should reach nearly 225 million American cellphones, or about 75 percent of all phones.

Here's the story in the New York Times.

And a piece from Time Magazine.

Photo: Eduardo Muniz Alvarez

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