If you have a cellphone, then chances are, you got an alert today, whether you liked it or not.
Every U.S. cellphone was supposed to go off at 2:18 p.m. ET, which was a test of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. The text read "This is a test of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed."
If a real emergency were to happen, FEMA could use this service to notify people about a national emergency.
Of course, people on Twitter had a lot of different reactions to receiving the Presidential Alert. Here are some of our favorites.
All I’m saying is if they have the ability to make a national #PresidentialAlert why can’t they make a national voter registration alert with a link that automatically registers you to vote?— Lauren Hogg (@lauren_hoggs) October 3, 2018
Can someone tell me how it’s possible for this administration to send a text alert to 300 million people but can’t keep track of the kids they separated from their parents at the border? #PresidentialAlert— Francis Maxwell (@francismmaxwell) October 3, 2018
That #PresidentialAlert was definitely even worse than when U2 put themselves on my phone.— Robin Lundberg (@robinlundberg) October 3, 2018
When I saw the “Presidential alert” pop up on my phone pic.twitter.com/4jegTvFRKF— Jon (@prasejeebus) October 3, 2018
Just time to get a flip phone— SUB ZERO (@CardoGotWings) October 3, 2018
This alert is like 2 years too late— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 3, 2018