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 to test the new National Public Alerting System, which sounded similar to a siren.
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.
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 togetherer.
Sound the alarms, here are the Twitterverse’s best reactions to the country’s mobile alert system test.
— Emmy MW 엠미 (エミ) (@tallulah_belle) November 28, 2018
— Ayman Shams (@publicsafetygta) November 28, 2018
oooh that was a beautiful golden moment where no one in canada could tweet#EmergencyAlert
— 𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐚 𝐝𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐬 (@RahRahRaina) November 28, 2018
— Dan Koo (@danieliskoo) November 28, 2018
— jacob wright (@TheJacob007) November 28, 2018
When the #EmergencyAlert goes off while you’re in a grocery store and you see everyone quickly trying to silence their phones…. ahh, unity.
— 🌸MinMin🐱 (@PastelBabyMin) November 28, 2018
— Katie Duncan-Burt (@onwardkate) November 28, 2018
Maybe we should have an Alberta Emergency Alert Alert that’s just soft chimes and a short message warning you that your phone is about to blare the pants-shitting klaxon of doom.
— Anders J. Svensson (@mightyrival) November 28, 2018
The next youtube trend is going to be footage of people/offices reacting to the #EmergencyAlert test.
— Julie Mannell (@JulieMannell) November 28, 2018
— FlyinSteak (@FlyinSteak) November 28, 2018
— Cam Gordon (@cam_gordon) November 28, 2018
If you get the #EmergencyAlert and don’t tweet about it, did you really get it? 🤔
— Shawn (@ShawnInHalifax) November 28, 2018
Anyone else in Ontario need new underwear? #EmergencyAlert
— Chadmau5 (@Chadmau5) November 28, 2018
Plot twist the emergency alert is actually a way of population control and if u have a shitty phone u don’t get the text alert
— Ciara (@CiaraJamai) November 28, 2018
— Brandon Rowe (@BrandonRoweTV) November 28, 2018
Everyone in Ontario getting that emergency alert pic.twitter.com/pKuc6kvMg7
— Marshall (@BigBIackHawk) November 28, 2018
I just received the emergency alert on my phone.
It was as terrifying as you would expect: pic.twitter.com/dKMZsaECVa
— Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) November 28, 2018
First time I’ve ever received an Alberta text message emergency alert. And judging by the chorus of screaming phones in this restaurant, many others got it, too
— Jessica Page (@JessLPage) November 28, 2018
The emergency alert was actually the government notifying you that Auston Matthews is playing tonight
— Richard Lee-Sam (@RLeesam) November 28, 2018
Based on the level of shit in my pants, I’d say your test of the emergency alert system works like a charm British Columbia.
— Jeremy Smith (@CaptainPunch) November 28, 2018
— slice (@slice_tv) November 28, 2018