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On Thursday, the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) will conduct a test of the national system that allows “presidential alerts” to hit the majority of cellphones. The goal is to warn residents of national emergencies, such as dangerous weather.
The warning system “provides the president with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency,” FEMA said in a notice posted on its website.
The test is scheduled to occur at 2:18 p.m. ET Thursday.
Some cellphone users will receive a message with a header that reads “Presidential Alert.” The text then will say: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”