Eastern 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
— Nedal Ahmad (@BurqaPalestine) 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.
Because sure, receiving the same alert as every other Canadian brings us all together but laughing about it brings us together.
Sound the alarms, here are the Twitterverse’s best reactions to the mobile alert system test from Ontario and Quebec.
— John Hansen (@jduncanhansen) November 27, 2019
Apparently I don’t deserve emergency alerts, guess I’ll die 🙂#emergencyalert
— Alden Peeters (@AldenPeeters) November 27, 2019
— Elias Makos🎙📻 📺 (@eliasmakos) November 27, 2019
Maybe the real emergency is the fake friends we made along the way #emergencyalert
— Abdiel 🐝☕️ (@abbydealer) November 27, 2019
— Melissa Pigeon (@melpigeon) November 27, 2019
— Kalpaniya (@Kalpaniya_) November 27, 2019
I still think you guys should start the alert with a soft, slow tone then gradually increase the intensity. pic.twitter.com/elwH6RyYTf
— Theresa Jamone (@tjamone) November 27, 2019
— timberdingy (@timberdingy) November 27, 2019
— Movie Loving Dad! (@therealrobrosen) November 27, 2019
— Ty Jadah (@tyjadahaha) November 27, 2019
— Van Tastic (@gerritvantastic) November 27, 2019
— 🎶mistletoe and ally🎶 (@AllyLc1979) November 27, 2019
— Evan Duncan (@EvanJDuncan) November 27, 2019
— Rick (@AngryCanadian89) November 27, 2019
Anyone else pumped for #emergencyalert
I’m expecting it and will still be startled! pic.twitter.com/GSrDirsXxz
— Michael Greco (@michaelgreco82) November 27, 2019
— Zeba | زیبا (@zebakn) November 27, 2019
— hayu Canada (@hayu_CA) November 27, 2019