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 an Amber Alert.
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 this afternoon 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.
Because sure, receiving the same alert as every other Canadian brings us all together, but laughing about it especially brings us together.
Sound the alarms, here are the Twitterverse’s best reactions to the mobile alert system test from right here in Beautiful British Columbia.
— Oak Bay Police (@OakBayPolice) November 27, 2019
— Rob.S.YVR (@RobSpicerYVR) November 27, 2019
British Columbians RN pic.twitter.com/X1kNPgP8Q3
— Farhan Mohamed (@farhanmohamed) November 27, 2019
— Kaila Butler (@kaila_butler) November 27, 2019
Holy I wasn’t prepared for that #emergencyalert. 🚨
— Perry Sky Jack – Graphic Designer (@SkylzDesign) November 27, 2019
— Ashley Moliere (@ashleymmoliere) November 27, 2019
Hmmmm….trying to figure out who to hang out with when the real emergency happens. 1/3 of the office got alert at 1:55, 1/3 got alert 1 minute later (after early cohort had already fled the building), and the last third got nothing at all. #emergencyalert @PreparedBC pic.twitter.com/HpihoYPvZA
— Ebbwater (@Ebbwater) November 27, 2019
Even tho I knew the #emergencyalert was coming, it still scared the shit out of me 😅
— Cory Wise (@CoryWise) November 27, 2019
— JENAE♡ (@saujenade) November 27, 2019
— Zach (@zacharack) November 27, 2019
— Paola Coronado Hass (@PaolaCoronadoH) November 27, 2019
Having lived in London for 9 years, I find transit strikes quite normal but apparently in Vancouver it qualifies as an #emergencyalert
— Dan Hough 🔜 https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote (@basicallydan) November 27, 2019
The more we test these emergency alerts, the more likely it is that I’m going to treat a real one like a fire alarm and completely ignore it. #emergencyalert
— Nadine Clark (@nadinejclark) November 27, 2019
— Janine M. (@plantforwardfam) November 27, 2019
— Eric Fell (@ericfell) November 27, 2019
— Colton Boreen (@Colton_Boreen) November 27, 2019
I DIDN’T GET IT #EmergencyAlert
— Jason Lewis (@KayleighsUncle) November 27, 2019
Well that scared the hell out of me. I didn’t know my iPhone made that noise. Glad to see it works, now that my heart has calmed down… @EmergencyInfoBC @Rogers #bcpoli #bcemergencyalert #emergencyalert pic.twitter.com/RNZvdSwS6G
— Brian Boyle Quon (@604BBQ) November 27, 2019