FEMA’s testing a new “presidential alerts” system that sends messages to your phone

FEMA and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday will do their first test of an alert system that lets the president communicate with the public in the event of a national emergency via their cell phones. More than 100 mobile carriers, including all major wireless companies, are participating in the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) test, which will take place on September 20 at 2:18 pm Eastern Time.

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