SALT LAKE CITY — Did you receive the test emergency presidential alert?
On Wednesday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency conducted its nationwide Wireless Emergency Alert test with millions of Americans, according to my report for the Deseret News.
The test did not require any action and only lasted one minute.
Only 100 mobile carriers participated in the test.
Phones made a strange sound when the alert dropped on everyone’s phones.
“THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed,” the text read.
Social media instantly blew up with reaction to the emergency alert.
Presidential Alert Twitter is my my new favorite Twitter— Joseph Lichterman (@ylichterman) October 3, 2018
Text: No action is needed— You Margarita Noriega to see it (@margarita) October 3, 2018
Twitter: WHAT DO I DO NOW
presidential alert twitter is way worse than earthquake twitter— manik (@ManikRathee) October 3, 2018
i don't remember giving the president my phone number— Krystie Lee Yandoli (@KrystieLYandoli) October 3, 2018
your alert tweet is the best one. yes, you. you're doing amazing, sweetie.— Polly Mosendz (@polly) October 3, 2018
i didn't get the alert, which might be the first time the president failed to disrupt my day this month— Justin Sink (@justinsink) October 3, 2018
The tweet alerts are far more jarring— Kate Nocera (@KateNocera) October 3, 2018
PRESIDENTIAL ALERT: EVERY JEDI IS NOW AN ENEMY OF THE REPUBLIC— DEATHSTAR'S HAUNTED (@nicolecieux) October 3, 2018
Some, like yours truly, did not receive the FEMA alert. According to The Washington Post, millions of people didn’t get the alert because they were not in range of a cell tower. About a quarter of the nation’s cellphones were expected to not receive the message.
There were reactions for that, too.
12 years ago, "I Didn't Get The Presidential Alert" would be the fastest-growing group on Facebook.— Dara Lind (@DLind) October 3, 2018
For those tens of people who only have a rotary phone but also have cable. https://t.co/7Y9QkHKei7— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) October 3, 2018
Nope, 0 for 2 phones. Looks like I won't make it.— Madeleine Morgenstern (@MadeleineinDC) October 3, 2018
I didn’t get the alert and now I’m FOMO— Felix Salmon (@felixsalmon) October 3, 2018
To sum up the day:
1. whoa alert twitter— Michael Gold (@migold) October 3, 2018
2. i didn't get the alert twitter
3. you don't have to tweet about the alert twitter
4. you don't have to tweet about not having to tweet about the alert twitter