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(NOAA)   That strange noise your phone just made? You probably shouldn't ignore it as you're about to get hit by a tornado or swept away by a tsunami   (erh.noaa.gov) divider line 43
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2012-05-25 10:32:48 AM  
"I'm told that what we will hear at this end will be a high, shrill sound. That will be the ambassador's phone melting from the heat of the fireball. When we hear that sound the ambassador will be dead."
 
2012-05-25 01:57:53 PM  
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2012-05-25 01:59:17 PM  

Joelogon: "I'm told that what we will hear at this end will be a high, shrill sound. That will be the ambassador's phone melting from the heat of the fireball. When we hear that sound the ambassador will be dead."


Ah...well done! I look like an idiot now.
 
2012-05-25 02:00:54 PM  
So every time some 37-year-old Mexican runs off with his pregnant, 14-year-old girlfriend I'm gonna get a text?
 
2012-05-25 02:06:56 PM  
14. Will a WEA message interrupt my phone conversations?
No, the alert will be delayed until you finish your call.


Okay.
 
2012-05-25 02:07:03 PM  
I may sign up. I remember too well driving down 9 toward the WTC that Tuesday morning. "Nowhere to run baby, no where to hide" was blasting away out of the sunroof of my Stanza, and oliver sudden I saw the sign above me flash "Emergency! Emergency!" and yet I didn't know dick so I just kept driving.
Of course, the traffic eventually stopped and I did not get to visit my friend at the North Tower that day.

But I'm not sure I want to know about every Amber alert that comes along.
 
2012-05-25 02:07:41 PM  
This has been a long time coming, and I welcome it. As long as they keep it tower specific, I don't need to be vacationing in California and get my phone going off for a tornado warning for Xenia, Ohio. I'll want to know about it, sure, but it's not an immediate threat to me. I would like, say, a tornado warning if I'm visiting Bumfark, Kansas.

And someone who is more programming inclined work with the NWS and make a weather radio application for desktop computing. The infrastructure is there....
 
2012-05-25 02:09:09 PM  

Hector Remarkable: I may sign up.


It appears to be on by default. One may opt-out of some of the messages.
 
2012-05-25 02:12:14 PM  
The EAS system was annoying at the radio stations I worked at in Houston. The slightest rain (which pretty much happens everyday) and the thing would beep and keep spitting an alert and paper out every 15 minutes to update the storm progress until it was over. And having to log that crap got annoying if it was just an average rain that lasted all day.
 
2012-05-25 02:13:59 PM  

Wellon Dowd: So every time some 37-year-old Mexican runs off with his pregnant, 14-year-old girlfriend I'm gonna get a text?


"Where to I sign up for the text messages for run-away, angry, teen-aged Latinas in my area with daddy issues."

/wut, it's not like I'm 37 or anything....
//49 LOL!
 
2012-05-25 02:14:14 PM  

Wellon Dowd: Hector Remarkable: I may sign up.

It appears to be on by default. One may opt-out of some of the messages.


you want out? You think you can get out? NO ONE gets out of a government program!!

t2.gstatic.com
 
2012-05-25 02:15:00 PM  
FTFA, "17. What if I don't want to receive WEA messages? You can opt-out of receiving WEA messages for imminent threats and AMBER alerts, but not for Presidential messages..." WTF kind of message from the President is so important that it has to be pushed to my mobile phone via text message?
 
2012-05-25 02:17:26 PM  
emergency event knocks out transmission tower = no more wireless signal---happened to me during hurricane Ike.
 
2012-05-25 02:21:43 PM  

Wellon Dowd: Hector Remarkable: I may sign up.

It appears to be on by default. One may opt-out of some of the messages.


Huh. But not the President. Interesting.
 
2012-05-25 02:24:55 PM  

Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii: FTFA, "17. What if I don't want to receive WEA messages? You can opt-out of receiving WEA messages for imminent threats and AMBER alerts, but not for Presidential messages..." WTF kind of message from the President is so important that it has to be pushed to my mobile phone via text message?


"This is the Preezy of the United Steezy. Just want to say 'sup to allllllll my peeps. Catch you on the flip side......"
 
2012-05-25 02:27:28 PM  

Langdon Alger: The EAS system was annoying at the radio stations I worked at in Houston. The slightest rain (which pretty much happens everyday) and the thing would beep and keep spitting an alert and paper out every 15 minutes to update the storm progress until it was over. And having to log that crap got annoying if it was just an average rain that lasted all day.


This!

Having been too overexposed to EAS alerts throughout my entire life, I really don't pay attention to them anymore. What's that you say? A tornado watch in the huge county I live in? Yawn. You really think I'm going to go hide in the closet for this shiat?

Hurricanes? There's no need for emergency alerts. If you live in an area affected by hurricanes you have days (close to weeks) to track that sucker bearing down on you and chances are it will miss.

Tornadoes are different but the only tornado I've actually been in I saw bearing down on me and had plenty of time to calmly walk inside. Every one else inside saw it too before EAS told us about it.

The ones I REALLY hate are when they say "There's an Amber Alert for about 5 counties" Sometimes they don't even bother to give the age or gender of the child let alone a description. What am I supposed to do? Detain anyone I see with any child? Call 911 if I see a child?
 
2012-05-25 02:27:29 PM  

Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii: FTFA, "17. What if I don't want to receive WEA messages? You can opt-out of receiving WEA messages for imminent threats and AMBER alerts, but not for Presidential messages..." WTF kind of message from the President is so important that it has to be pushed to my mobile phone via text message?


I would presume something on the order of "My fellow Americans, we have detected a missile launch in the RepubliNation of Uzbekibekibekistan and the trajectory it is on indicates that is is headed for mainland America. It is important that you remain calm and...etc, etc, etc."

You know...stuff you might actually want to know about, right?
 
2012-05-25 02:32:05 PM  
Well, I now know the subject of the next breathless email from my conspiracy nut in-laws....
 
2012-05-25 02:34:12 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: 14. Will a WEA message interrupt my phone conversations?
No, the alert will be delayed until you finish your call.

Okay.


Which will be finished when you get sucked up by that tornado.
 
2012-05-25 02:53:47 PM  

Langdon Alger: emergency event knocks out transmission tower = no more wireless signal---happened to me during hurricane Ike.


Ok...but it seems like an event like Ike would have plenty of warning and the message would be sent out relatively early. Now, you may be in trouble if a hurricane knocks it out and then there are tornadoes afterward.

Either way, still good to have this system. Especially since most people do not use radios anymore.
 
2012-05-25 03:03:51 PM  
17. What if I don't want to receive WEA messages?

You can opt-out of receiving WEA messages for imminent threats and AMBER alerts, but not for Presidential messages. To opt out, please refer to instructions from your wireless carrier or visit http://www.ctia.org/wea for more information.


And already on my way to opt out, 'cause the the "severe" weather alerts at weather.com and wunderground are ridiculous. Oh, it's gonna maybe ran a little? ALERT ALERT ALERT!
And WTF is a Presidential message?
 
2012-05-25 03:26:28 PM  
Kar98: "And WTF is a Presidential message?"

"My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes... jk. lol!"
 
2012-05-25 03:32:41 PM  
i guess i should clarify. The EAS system at the radio station would get every single alert even the minor ones. It was the jock or programming directors call if they wanted to interupt regular broadcast to tell you about every stupid thing like light rain, lost people, etc. so about 95% of the time the damn thing was annoying us and those alerts never made it to the air to bug the public. Only a few times did i recall the system taking over automatically for severe situations, then it was good for the public. I bet there will be bugs to work out so your cell phone only gets that 5% of the real situations and not every stupid alert that we would get at the station.

with regards to Ike, it was amazing how many people couldn't find out any info because they relied only on cell phones---towers were down and they had no landline or battery powered radio in their hurricane supply stash to find out what was going on. Reminded me of that skit on SNL where the teleprompter breaks down and the news crew goes crazy because they relied on that technology so much and couldn't exist without it.
 
2012-05-25 03:33:04 PM  
Wanna bet I can't opt out of presidential messages? White list 3d party app.
 
2012-05-25 03:56:09 PM  
@TheRealPresident - My fellow Americans, poop is coming out.
 
2012-05-25 04:04:31 PM  
We have some severe thunderstorms moving into the area, but oh, on the radar we see a squadron of Russian ICBM's coming in from the north, so don't sweat the thunderstorms.
 
2012-05-25 04:19:57 PM  
Yea I'm not gonna be able to be any help in the case of an amber alert. I ignore other people's children as a matter of course (and a matter of personal safety, since I'm a middle aged single white dude). Im'a opt out of those.

Oh look. AT&T only has 3 devices that even support these messages, none of which I own.

Crisis averted.
 
2012-05-25 04:24:00 PM  
Considering how poorly the national Emergency Alert System test went back in November, this sounds mighty complicated.

I wonder how long it will be before a summer blockbuster disaster movie has a presidential text message alert.
 
2012-05-25 04:24:48 PM  

tgambitg: And someone who is more programming inclined work with the NWS and make a weather radio application for desktop computing. The infrastructure is there....


I just use weather.gov (mobile.weather.gov on my phone)... it tells anything I need to know, including forecast discussion (that I only understand a little of).
 
2012-05-25 04:27:20 PM  

Starry Heavens: I wonder how long it will be before a summer blockbuster disaster movie has a presidential text message alert.


Come to think of it, I suspect the first movie usage of it will be viral advertising, like with The Dark Knight.
 
2012-05-25 04:27:57 PM  

Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii: WTF kind of message from the President is so important that it has to be pushed to my mobile phone via text message?


This is supplementing/maybe-supplanting the Emergency Alert System which replaced the Emergency Broadcast System; remember those long-ass test beeps on the radio/TV?

Probably along the lines of "kids, get under your desks before the nuclear bomb hits."
 
2012-05-25 04:38:28 PM  

Gaseous Anomaly: Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii: WTF kind of message from the President is so important that it has to be pushed to my mobile phone via text message?

This is supplementing/maybe-supplanting the Emergency Alert System which replaced the Emergency Broadcast System; remember those long-ass test beeps on the radio/TV?

Probably along the lines of "kids, get under your desks before the nuclear bomb hits."


It looks like the EAS/EBS/CONELRAD were never actually used for presidential addresses, so that seems like a good guess to me. It would have to be something of national importance that the national media had no way of knowing about first.
 
2012-05-25 04:39:08 PM  

gojirast: Oh look. AT&T only has 3 devices that even support these messages, none of which I own.


They will use this as a selling point of the new iPhone. Buy the new iPhone or die!
 
2012-05-25 05:08:25 PM  
Funny. I never knew I had an emergency notification app on my Android phone. One day they sent out a test, and the alert is a loud, screeching beep. Over and over. That was a fun "WTF" moment.
 
2012-05-25 06:13:30 PM  
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Felt appropriate.
 
2012-05-25 06:27:58 PM  
Ottawa is currently under a severe weather advisory with a tornado risk so I'm getting a kick out of this.
 
2012-05-25 06:31:32 PM  

Tachypnea: Ottawa is currently under a severe weather advisory with a tornado risk so I'm getting a kick out of this.


Bah the most severe of our 'tornados' has managed to knock over a half-drank bottle of (not labatt/molson) product, I say bring 'er on!

/posted from my balcony
//in ottawa
///fist bump
 
2012-05-25 06:42:35 PM  

gojirast: Yea I'm not gonna be able to be any help in the case of an amber alert. I ignore other people's children as a matter of course (and a matter of personal safety, since I'm a middle aged single white dude). Im'a opt out of those.

Oh look. AT&T only has 3 devices that even support these messages, none of which I own.

Crisis averted.


You don't need your phone to tell you about those missing kids in your trunk.
 
2012-05-25 07:16:44 PM  

kidsizedcoffin: gojirast: Yea I'm not gonna be able to be any help in the case of an amber alert. I ignore other people's children as a matter of course (and a matter of personal safety, since I'm a middle aged single white dude). Im'a opt out of those.

Oh look. AT&T only has 3 devices that even support these messages, none of which I own.

Crisis averted.

You don't need your phone to tell you about those missing kids in your trunk.


I guess you'd know...
 
2012-05-25 09:57:16 PM  
Hopefully this will allow for having only the towers located in the storm-based warning box sending out the warning instead of having a whole county notified.
 
2012-05-26 01:06:09 AM  

tgambitg: This has been a long time coming, and I welcome it. As long as they keep it tower specific, I don't need to be vacationing in California and get my phone going off for a tornado warning for Xenia, Ohio. I'll want to know about it, sure, but it's not an immediate threat to me. I would like, say, a tornado warning if I'm visiting Bumfark, Kansas.

And someone who is more programming inclined work with the NWS and make a weather radio application for desktop computing. The infrastructure is there....


Thats my department.

I submitted this idea to sprint in 1997.
 
2012-05-26 01:51:04 AM  

Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii: FTFA, "17. What if I don't want to receive WEA messages? You can opt-out of receiving WEA messages for imminent threats and AMBER alerts, but not for Presidential messages..." WTF kind of message from the President is so important that it has to be pushed to my mobile phone via text message?


viscomla.com
 
2012-05-26 05:35:27 PM  
I hope it's a tornado, because I don't want to imagine the size of the tsunami that's going to get me at 1000 ks, a mountain range inland and 3000 feet above sea level
 
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