GettyTrump with Mike Pence and Melania Trump visiting FEMA headquarters.
"It just seems weird that you can always have access to me", student Lexi Clark said.
The presidential alerts will only be used in the event of a national emergency.
While VERIFY cannot state what a person or administration's long term intent or goals may be, we can VERIFY that the test on Wednesday was just that - a test. Expect the same double beep and vibration as you would receiving the other alerts.
Cellphone users across the United States will receive a "President Alert" at 1:18 p.m.
"The fact that you can't turn this alert off, that it will be something that will arrive on your phone whether you like it or not, I think was perhaps upsetting and concerning to some people", said Andy Whitehouse, who teaches communications at Columbia University.
"Americans are simply changing the way in which they get their information", exclaimed Jeh Johnson, former secretary of U.S. Homeland Security.
"Trump Derangement Syndrome" is real and has manifested itself in many loony ways in the President's opponents over the past few years.
The header for the notification will read "Presidential Alert". No action is needed, ' " FEMA wrote. The objective was to test the ability to distribute a national message and see if improvements are needed.
But given the alert goes out to a huge portion of Americans - today's test will be sent to 225 million electronic devices, reaching about 75% of the devices in the country according to Bloomberg- we can assume only a dire national incident would prompt such a high-level alert.
That three out of four phones probably received the warning is a reflection of our always-on, technologically connected times. The presidential alert meme is here for you.
Wednesday's test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts system is the first time that emergency management officials have used the nationwide alerting capabilities reserved for the office of the president.
You might have noticed that when you received the alert, it was sent directly over the cellular network. A similar Wireless Emergency Alert test message has been sent to all cell phones nationwide.
"If you are engaged in a phone call and are on there for 31 minutes, the emergency alert is not going to interrupt that call", a FEMA official said, adding that devices engaged in "active data sessions" would also not be interrupted by the alert. Like the other emergency alerts, every major wireless carriers and most minor ones participate in the WEA program.