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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 06:44 AM

New national Amber Alert system surprises cell phone owners with shrieking text messages

LOS ANGELES (AP) The next time a child is abducted near you, your cell phone may shriek to life with an alert message.

A new national Amber Alert system officially rolled out earlier this month to millions of cell phones, and because the alerts are automatically active on most newer phones, the messages have already taken tens of thousands of people by surprise.

The newly-expanded emergency alert system is an effort by FEMA to update the way it reaches people with new technologies, but local officials and others worry that the lack of public education and some initial stumbles may undermine the program's purpose, especially when people are startled and annoyed and choose to opt out.

Lisa Rott was jolted from her sleep at 1:44 a.m. earlier this month in her Sarasota, Fla. home. A high-pitched tone sounded in spurts for about 10 seconds while her phone buzzed multiple times.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/shriek-texts-missing-kids-startle-cell-users

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Reply New national Amber Alert system surprises cell phone owners with shrieking text messages (Original post)
The Straight Story Feb 2013 OP
Esse Quam Videri Feb 2013 #1
HiPointDem Feb 2013 #2
X_Digger Feb 2013 #4
HappyMe Feb 2013 #3
dixiegrrrrl Feb 2013 #5
HappyMe Feb 2013 #6
dixiegrrrrl Feb 2013 #7
HappyMe Feb 2013 #8
IDemo Feb 2013 #9
Zax2me Feb 2013 #10
dixiegrrrrl Feb 2013 #12
hootinholler Feb 2013 #13
MadrasT Feb 2013 #11
WolverineDG Feb 2013 #14

Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 07:51 AM

1. Seems like a good idea overall.

But it sounds like they have some bugs to work out.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 07:54 AM

2. how near me? in my neighborhood? my city? my state?

 

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:37 AM

4. I got one of these for a non-custodial abduction in West Texas..

.. hundreds of miles away. Scared the shit out of me at 12:30am.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:34 AM

3. I suppose it may be a good idea.

I don't understand what exactly they want people to do when they get this alert.
How big an area are they talking about?

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 10:34 AM

5. Dumb ass planning on this idea, for sure.

"Hey, I have a great idea! So let's implement it and THEN figure out what bugs it might have.
Millions of cell phone customers can be our guinea pigs, think of how much money we will save in testing!"

Jeez, the effort it took to have the cell phone companies make this operational could have been spent thinking it thru first. What the hell good does it do to wake up and annoy a million people on the chance that ONE of them will be
concerned about a missing kid in an undisclosed area?

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 11:13 AM

6. That's just it.

I don't know what they want people to do about it no matter what time of day it is.

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Response to HappyMe (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 11:25 AM

7. But we can take comfort that at 2 am

the entire country is being jerked out of a sound sleep.

edited to add: yet another reason I do not have a cell phone.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #7)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 11:28 AM

8. I have a cell, but

it's a Tracfone. I doubt that they will be bothering my low rent behind.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 11:30 AM

9. Soon to be followed with:

"Remember - consumption is patriotic!"

"Freedom is slavery!"

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 11:33 AM

10. Already hits my cell. Also, I get extreme weather alerts.

 

Happened with recent storms - phone made a sound I never heard - what the hell is that?!
Thought maybe my belt wasn't buckled, car alarm...took a sec to figure out!

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Response to Zax2me (Reply #10)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 12:10 PM

12. I had the weather alert on my portable radio recently.

Normally I never listen to radio, and have no tv..the silence in the house is so marvelous.
But, a few weeks ago, we knew there was a bad storm coming in, so I turned on the local radio station for the
tornado warnings.
The station uses a direct feed from the weather service.
The feed consists of 4 blaring beeping LOUD sounds, then the report of possible tornado info.
Repeated every 5 minutes or so.
After about an hour of the LOUD blaring preamble, I had to turn the radio off. Too damn nerve wracking.
Went back to using the computer to track the tornadoes.
Can only imagine the heart pounding reaction to somethng like that going off on your cell phone in the dead of night.




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Response to Zax2me (Reply #10)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 12:18 PM

13. I seem to get some weather alerts

Mainly flash flooding, but others, severe T-storm I don't get. I haven't been in a tornado watch area yet so I don't know if I get those or not.

The tone is the same as the EAS tone on the cable system.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 11:40 AM

11. This happened to me and freaked me the hell out.

Mine was a fucking flash flood warning at 1:00 a.m. Didn't tell me where, just to "check local media".

I don't live on a riverbank and I don't need a damn flash flood warning at 1:00 a.m.

First thing I did was try to figure out how to disable that horrible noise from ever happening on my phone again.

There are four levels of alerts:

1. "Presidential-level alert (Mandatory alert)." You can NOT disable this one.

2. "Extreme alert (Extreme threat to life and property)."

3. "Severe alert (Severe threat to life and property)."

4. "AMBER alert (Child abduction emergency)."


I disabled all of them except "Presidential" because simply you can't turn that one off.

If they get the bugs worked out I will think about turning the others back on.

It scared the living shit out of me.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 12:24 PM

14. What would be helpful is if

The alert didn't just disappear. I had no idea that amber alerts would set off iPhones until it happened to me & a friend at the same time. All we saw was something like a text, which then disappeared. But we couldn't find it again to read it more closely.

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