Americans To Expect A Test Alert From The President On Sept 20.

Americans Should Expect A Test Alert From The President On Sept 20.

September 15, 2018

On September 20th, you may receive a EAS Test style text message from the President of the United States on behalf of FEMA as a test run for a Presidential Alert text system to be put in place. This will be the first test run by FEMA and more than 100 mobile carriers are participating in the test so most Americans will receive the text message. 

Users with participating carriers will twice hear a tone and a vibration then see the message "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

You have probably heard EAS Tests on the radio before. Usually, a familiar repetition of beeps and sounds followed by a mechanical voice explaining the test procedure. Essentially, that's what these text message will be, an EAS style warning system labeled "Presidential Alert."

This will be the first of it's kind and shouldn't be used for anything other than natural disaster warning/instructions, acts of terrorism or man made disaster or threat to public safety.