President Trump is going to text you today.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that they will be testing the presidential alert system sometime this afternoon. The intended purpose of this system is to warn citizens of emergencies, such as dangerous weather.
Of course, there are many people who are outraged by this, saying that they don’t want the president to be able to reach them via text. Former actress Alyssa Milano took to twitter to tell FEMA “I don’t want this.”
According to FEMA, “the Communications Act of 1934 established the authority for the President to use certain private sector communications systems for priority communications, such as sending alert and warning messages to the public, during national emergencies.”
Signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the act established a legal basis for regulating wired and wireless communication on a national and global scale. Essentially, it gave government the ability to regulate telecommunications, including television and mobile phones.
Similar to the Amber Alert system, this alert will notify you of national disasters, and other important information from the White House. With Trump’s frequent use of twitter, it’s not out of the realm of possibility to expect the president to be sending messages quite often.
For those who wish to opt out of the messages, it is possible. On the iPhone for instance, you go to your “settings”, and then “notifications”. Once you’re there you scroll to the bottom and turn of the alerts. Bing.
So when your phone goes off today don’t freak out, it’s just a test. Although you could try to respond and see if the president messages you back. That would be pretty cool.