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The ‘presidential alert’ you got today has sparked a lot of memes

The jokes came as quickly as the message did.


Andrew Wyrich

Internet Culture

Published Oct 3, 2018   Updated May 21, 2021, 5:02 am CDT

It finally happened–the “presidential alert” was sent to people’s cellphones, and of course, everyone began riffing on it.

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The message, which read: “Presidential alert. THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed,” was sent around 1:18pm CT on Wednesday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Integrated Public Alert and Warning System was responsible for sending out the test.

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The test was pretty mundane, but that didn’t stop people from reacting to the sudden burst of noise (or vibration) and a message from the government popping up on their phones.

Many people online were just not here for getting a presidential alert on their phone.

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Others decided the best course of action was to replace the message with another message… or respond to it.

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Just be glad it wasn’t a message notifying you President Donald Trump just tweeted.


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*First Published: Oct 3, 2018, 2:03 pm CDT