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Trump is Going to Text You on October 3rd

You'll soon be getting a message on your phone from the President of the United States -- whether you are a supporter or not.

It's  not a political message, but an emergency test message sent from  President Donald Trump as part of the Federal Emergency Management  Agency's system to warn the public in cases of national emergencies.

A  majority of cell phone users will receive an alert on Wednesday,  October 3, with the header "Presidential Alert" and the message, "THIS  IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is  needed." The alert was initially scheduled to occur Thursday, September  20, but FEMA spokesman Mark Peterson tells CNN the test has been  postponed, and October 3 was the alternate date for the test. 

WEA  was technically launched in April of 2012, but this will be the first  time FEMA has tested the system on the presidential level in hopes to  work out the kinks, the agency said in a press release this week. 

The  presidential alert is one of three kinds of alerts in the FEMA's WEA  system, which also notifies the public about extreme weather or missing  children, also known as AMBER alerts.

You  can expect to see the alert pop up on your phone at 2:18 p.m. ET so  long as you have your phone turned on, are within range of a cell tower,  and if your wireless provider is part of the WEA system. 

The  WEA test will be broadcast over the course of about 30 minutes and  sound the same as an AMBER Alert. Users can't opt out of the  presidential alert test, according to FEMA.

More  than 100 carriers, including the largest carriers (Verizon, AT&T,  Sprint, T-Mobile), will participate in the emergency alert test, FEMA  said.

FEMA will also run a test of  its Emergency Alert System (EAS) for radio and television broadcasters  the same day, beginning two minutes after the WEA test.

The agency is required by law to conduct a nationwide test of its public alert systems no less than once every three years.

FEMA  is also tasked with ensuring that the President can alert the public  under all conditions in cases of national emergencies, including natural  disasters and terrorist threats. (CNN)

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