Cell phone users may receive a text from President Donald Trump on Thursday as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conducts its first presidential-level Wireless Emergency Alert test.
On Sept. 20, FEMA will test its WEA system by sending out a text with the header "Presidential Alert" and the message, "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed."
The system is used to warn the public in cases of emergency, such as dangerous weather, and missing children.
Cell phone users who have their phones turned on, are within range of a cell tower and whose wireless providers are included in the WEA system will receive the text message.
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.
In its news release, FEMA said it could postpone the national test to Oct. 3 if the agency is dealing with a major weather event, but it has yet to make that determination.