Everyone will then receive this message in English: "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System".
The Trump administration will send a test message to all USA cellphones on Thursday for a new alert system that aims to warn the public about national emergencies. If this had been an actual emergency an official message would have followed the tone alert you heard at the start of this message.
After the alert, The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management wants Alaskans to weigh in on how they thought the test went, by completing a survey that will be found on the state's website.
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He plans to message every cell phone in America to test a new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) system that will allow any USA president to communicate directly via a text message with the public during a national emergency. "No action is needed". Users can't opt out of the WEA test, according to FEMA. This is a first for the Wireless Emergency Alerts, which is supposed to send a text message to all mobile phones within reception distance of a cellular tower of participating carriers, which includes all the major ones.
Officials insisted that the system can not be used for political purposes.
"The EAS is a national public warning system that provides the President with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency", the statement continued.
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The system is already used to warn the public about "dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations".
The EAS test is scheduled to last approximately one minute and will be similar to regular monthly EAS test messages on TV or radio. The system sends out a nationwide text to the public in the event of an emergency.
University of California Los Angeles communications professor Tim Groeling told the network that broadcast-based emergency alerts "have remained professional and impartial over decades".
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'If you separate this from the politics and personality of any individual president, then this is a great idea and an awesome use of technology to reach everybody if they're in harm's way, ' Karen North, director of the Annenberg Digital Social Media program at the University of Southern California, told NBC.