Expect to get a text from the president on Wednesday

FEMA is testing out its new Presidential Alert system.
Author:
Publish date:

Want to get a text from the president? If so, great, you'll get one on Wednesday. If not, tough, you'll get one on Wednesday.

Ok, so it's not technically from President Donald Trump – at least, not yet. The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is conducting a nationwide test of its new "Presidential Alert" feature.

It means your phone will receive an alert starting at around 1:20 p.m. Central time on Wednesday that will be titled "Presidential Alert," which will work in a similar way to an Amber Alert.

It's the first test of the new system, which when rolled out fully will allow President Trump and future presidents to send out nationwide emergency messages.

Want to opt out? Well you can't, though FEMA notes that some cellphones won't get the alert, but most will. You'll get the message if they're within range of an active cell tower during a 30-minute period.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has explained what to expect: 

  • Your phone will sound and vibrate once during the 30-minute test window, between 1:18 p.m. and 1:48 p.m. in Minnesota.
  • If your cell phone is switched on, your phone will sound loudly and vibrate, and you’ll receive a one-time message.
  • If your cell phone is switched off, or in airplane mode, it will receive the message as soon as you turn it on, as long as it’s within the 30-minute test window.

As stated earlier, the intention is for the Presidential Alert to be used for advanced warning of national crises, such as an impending natural disaster.

Nonetheless, the program faces opposition, with CBS News reporting that President Trump and FEMA administrator Brock Long is being sued in New York, arguing the alert is a "violation of Americans' First and Fourth Amendment rights to be free from Government-compelled listening, as well as warrantless, non-consensual trespass into and seizure of their cellular devices."

One plaintiff fears that such a system in the hands of President Trump is cause for objection, because "messages sent by Trump typically include disinformation."

Next Up

Atravius Weeks booking photo

Charges: Man shot ex-girlfriend multiple times outside day care in Lakeville

The suspect shot himself in the head after fatally shooting his ex, charges say.

Mohamed Ibrahim

Ibrahim, Olson named First-Team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele Publications

The Gophers had 10 total players selected to the All-Big Ten team.

Pixaba - vaccine covid shot

10 Minnesota counties have now hit 70% adult vaccination rate

The more transmissible Delta variant is adding urgency to the vaccination effort.

ambulance

Two young men killed after car, dump truck collide

The collision happened in Barron County, western Wisconsin.

Brian O'Neill, Vikings-Saints

Matthew Coller: Should the Vikings have any offseason regrets?

Matthew Coller writes a weekly Vikings column for BMTN, with more of his work found at Purple Insider.

baby richard

Given 0% chance to live, Baby Richard celebrates 1st birthday, earns world record

He was born in Minneapolis and spent his first 6 months in the NICU at Children's Minnesota.

Facebook screengrab - ANdrew welcome home Dover

Watch: Community's big welcome home to 11-year-old after heart transplant

Andrew Iseminger has been away from his Minnesota home for more than six months.

police lights

Woman, 69, killed in two-car crash on Iron Range

The State Patrols says the victim had been at a stop sign, and pulled onto a highway.

Ambulance hospital emergency

Chaska man identified as motorcyclist killed in Maple Grove crash

Ryan Richard Schmiesing was killed Monday after a vehicle struck his motorcycle.

Related

President Donald Trump announces another Minnesota visit

He was in Duluth in June, this time it's Rochester.

Report: A MN judge can expect a promotion from President Trump

Trump is expected to announce 10 federal court nominees Monday.

Live updates: What President Trump is saying on his trip to Minnesota

We'll be covering the president's rally in Rochester, which starts at 6:30 p.m.

What to know about President Trump's visit to Minnesota

The president will be in Rochester this afternoon.

President Donald Trump

President Trump headed to hospital with COVID-19

The president may stay a few days out of an abundance of caution.

President Trump takes on the NFL

He's encouraging Americans to boycott until players stop kneeling during the national anthem.

Karin Housley tells President Trump to stop saying Tina Smith's name

The Senate candidate told him they need to say 'Karin Housley' more.