Canada was unified this afternoon as citizens across the country received a unique sound on their mobile devices (at least you were supposed to).
Publicly branded as Alert Ready, wireless providers sent out a mobile alert to every device connected to an LTE network, as well as through radio airwaves, TVs, and social media channels to test the new National Public Alerting System, which sounded similar to a siren.
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Examples of the types of alerts that are issued through the Alert Ready system in the future could include natural disasters like tornados and earthquakes or a civil emergency, like Amber Alerts.
You could receive a test #emergency alert message on your phone today! Find out when you could receive one and what to do when you receive it: https://t.co/khOzRBKWRN #AlertReady pic.twitter.com/LbymSQlMb4
— Public Safety Canada (@Safety_Canada) November 27, 2019
Canadians took to the Internet to react to the national news in the best way we know how: jokes, memes, GIFs, and one-liners as #EmergencyAlert and #AlertReady were trending on Twitter this afternoon — especially given that Alberta’s alerts seemed to have the wrong date.
Sound the alarms, here are the Twitterverse’s best reactions to the mobile alert system test from Alberta.
We all were complaining the #emergencyalert didn’t work seconds later everyone’s phones were buzzin
— Cassie H (@Cass403) November 27, 2019
— Jorge +14 (@TwoCanSamAdams) November 27, 2019
— maia (@maialepp) November 27, 2019
My friend, with one earbud in, listening to Hamilton songs during class (which she is not supposed to be doing)
The #emergencyalert alarm: *goes off*
My friend: *freaks the fuck out*
— Elliot Shore (@elliot_shore) November 27, 2019
People complaining about this #EmergencyAlert are the same people who refuse to read literally every news outlet available ever.
— Joel Pearl (@JoelPearl) November 27, 2019
— Nathan Martin (@Editwithmouse) November 27, 2019