We live in a rapidly changing world, thanks to the deluge of digital divination occurring within the confines of Silicon Valley.
Of course, not all of this advancement has been seen favorably. We have plenty of issues with curbing censorship online, with a number of the largest internet-based entities eschewing the First Amendment in search of their own ideological utopia.
But that’s a story for another time.
Today, we will be receiving a new and unique reminder of this newfound technological connection that we have with one another, as the President himself tests out the latest smartphone alert system.
Wednesday afternoon, at exactly 2:18 p.m. ET, you can expect to get a text headlined “Presidential Alert” on your cellphone.
But it’s not exactly from President Trump. Rather, its a test of a new nationwide warning system that a president could use in case of an armed attack by another country, a cyberattack or a widespread natural disaster.
During the Cold War, it was pretty common to see and hear tests of the Emergency Broadcasting System.
Things are a little more sophisticated now, but basically the same minute-long, Emergency Alert System test is conducted every month or so on broadcast, cable, and satellite TV and radio. There’ll be one of those Wednesday afternoon too.
But now there will also be an alert on your cellphone.
So, what should you expect?
There will be an audible tone and then a text that states: “Presidential Alert” followed by “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”
That means, dear reader, as your afternoon doldrums take hold you may find yourself looking at your phone in confusion. For those not in-the-know about the alert, the reactions could be somewhat unnerving.
In an effort to assist our fellow Americans, be sure to spread this information far and wide!