If your cell was turned on at 11:18 a.m. PT/2:18 p.m. ET this morning, it buzzed and you saw a “Presidential Alert” from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
There was no national emergency: It was a test of the Trump administration's ability to send a text message to as many Americans as possible. The text read, "Presidential Alert: THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert system. No action is needed."
Naturally, jokesters all over social media found that some action was indeed needed, and started with the spoofing and memes.