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Out of the Blue

The NYTimes has an article about that wee hours amber alert I mentioned yesterday, saying that I was not the only one awakened by this, explaining how the system works, and discussing whether a late-night alert is really advisable (thanks j.c.f.). It also tells us that the missing child that inspired the alert was found, so there's good news there, and in fairness, the amber alert played a part in this (albeit during the day when people were awake), so one can't complain about the results. There's also a post about this on Buzzfeed (thanks nin) including this explanation from the powers-that-be: "It truly is a city that never sleeps. There are always tons of people on the road. It makes perfect sense to send this out." So their actual intent wasn't to wake up the millions of us who were asleep, it was for people to read on their cell phones while driving that night. Okay, as long as they thought this all the way through.

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26. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 19, 2013, 09:41 kanniballl
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jul 19, 2013, 08:45:
Can you silence the Amber alerts but not the weather alerts? That's what I would do in that situation if possible. Considering the amount of time I am either in my house or at work and my general habit of truly ignoring random people, Amber alerts would be wasted on me, but weather...

Yeh there's the option to turn off the Amber but to leave Emergency. Emergency covers at least flooding and tornado, I imagine it's also there for any big-time emergencies the government deems fit. Like if a nuke plant exploded in your state or something.

I'd already turned my Amber alert one off though.


Those alert tones are loud as hell. They went off by us the other week when we had that huge down-pour and tornado warnings. It scared a bunch of us in the office, and my co-worker was driving to work when it went off and startled him enough to affect his driving.


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