The testing of a new emergency system that will allow President Donald Trump to send messages to most U.S. cellphones has been postponed to Oct. 3, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Monday.
All the major wireless carriers and over 100 mobile providers are participating in the rollout, FEMA stated in a message posted on its website.
The testing was originally set to take place Thursday, but has been moved to the backup date of Oct. 3. FEMA said the decision was made to delay the testing because of ongoing Hurricane Florence response efforts.
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The test message will have a header that reads "Presidential Alert," according to the agency.
"The EAS [Emergency Alert System] is a national public warning system that provides the President with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency," FEMA said.