Although Twitter isn’t the meeting spot that it used to be, people still gathered there after hearing Wednesday’s Emergency Alert Test in action. The “why” of this test makes sense, but still, hearing it was a whole other matter. That godforsaken sound will never fail to make people jump out of their skin.
To make matters more discombobulating, FEMA had publicized that the test should be expected at 2:20pm EST. Granted, the FEMA website did specify that this would happen “approximately” at that time, but nonetheless, the tone arriving two minutes early was not embraced as a pleasant surprise. In fact, people are feeling a lot like Walter White in a certain Breaking Bad scene. All I’m adding on that note is this: be careful if you see people throwing pizzas onto roofs as a protest later.
As we now know en masse, the Emergency Alert Test worked. If you have the jitters now, you are definitely not alone, but at least you didn’t react like Aaron Rodgers might have done.
Aaron Rodgers running to grab his AR-15 with a handful of burning sage right now and frantically texting Rogan “IT’S ON”
— BUM CHILLUPS AKA SPENCER HALL (@edsbs) October 4, 2023
For many other people, though, the most rattling aspect of this test came from its early arrival.
— garfield (@garfieldtoiletz) October 4, 2023
— frooty in the booty (@frootytreblez) October 4, 2023
— FanDuel Sportsbook (@FDSportsbook) October 4, 2023
The #EmergencyAlertSystem hit two minutes early
Everyone in the US who uses Twitter at that moment: pic.twitter.com/MqlXFSU1Zg
— TCB (@TCB_NYC) October 4, 2023
— SQUIDADDY (@SQUIDADDY_) October 4, 2023
— BB25 Spoilers (@williamscoffees) October 4, 2023
— maya (@satellitemaya) October 4, 2023
— francis (@crowleysnebula_) October 4, 2023
Hopefully, we can all recover soon and sleep easy tonight, knowing that the government could wake us up for the heck of it at any given moment. That’s better than having bed bugs, though!