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(WTKR)   Good: City uses reverse-911 call to alert residents road has reopened after accident. Bad: Multiple calls are sent to the entire city at 2:30am. "Now if there is a tsunami, nuclear reactor meltdown or we are under attack from Godzilla, okay CALL ME"   (wtkr.com) divider line 34
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-04-18 08:41:02 AM  
Robocallers are toys. Once you own one, you feel you have to play with it.
 
2014-04-18 09:42:59 AM  
The govt can call every phone automatically?
 
2014-04-18 09:55:02 AM  
Csb?
I still think it's stupid they text me amber alerts that are active 500 miles away from me, from 4 days prior. Yet when there's a major shooting a few miles from me that has traffic backed to my house I have no idea what's going on.
/people were walking past the road blocks to investigate
 
2014-04-18 09:57:39 AM  
Anyone else get that stupid emergency government alerts when they added those to phones? I got an amber alert at 3am, no idea what it was.  Needless to say that is now turned off.

Thanks Obama!
 
2014-04-18 09:59:00 AM  
So they managed to drunk-dial the whole city?
 
2014-04-18 09:59:26 AM  
A 119 call?
 
2014-04-18 10:08:55 AM  

CruJones: Anyone else get that stupid emergency government alerts when they added those to phones? I got an amber alert at 3am, no idea what it was.  Needless to say that is now turned off.

Thanks Obama!


That was the worst. The first time I woke up at 4AM to a screeching alarm from my phone I had no idea what it was and the phone had a popup that said something like "EMERGENCY ALERT." Living in DC I figured it had to be something pretty serious at 4AM, like a nuke going off. Nope, a child was missing.

Now look, I care about missing kids. I do. I think the highway signs are a great way to find someone on the run. But I don't need to be awakened at 4AM with the news. WTF am I supposed to do about it right now??

So of course, the feature is completely disabled on my phones since.
 
2014-04-18 10:11:53 AM  
1) Fatal accident occurs
2) Road closes due to accident
3) Scene is cleared of debris -and most likely- body parts
4) Call goes out at 2:30 AM
5) Idiots who don't manage to just sleep through their ringtones actually pick up the unknown call
6) Peeps start biatching online about being awoken from their precious beauty sleep.

And this is news?
 
2014-04-18 10:13:14 AM  
Anyone who doesn't silence their phone before they go to bed deserves whatever they get.
 
2014-04-18 10:15:16 AM  
No, subby, there's nothing good about what they did.  Reverse-911 is for fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and other life-threatening situations.  It's not for traffic updates.  Unless, of course, the traffic update is to tell me that a truck carrying toxic materials overturned and a cloud of death is headed in my direction.
 
2014-04-18 10:26:24 AM  

Walker: Anyone who doesn't silence their phone before they go to bed deserves whatever they get.


Yeah, well, when you've got aging relatives in the hospital, leaving the phone off isn't an option.

And makes those drunk dialing 2:00AM calls for Brittney, who evidently had this number before, a heart stopping experience.
 
2014-04-18 10:27:01 AM  

dukeblue219: CruJones: Anyone else get that stupid emergency government alerts when they added those to phones? I got an amber alert at 3am, no idea what it was.  Needless to say that is now turned off.

Thanks Obama!

That was the worst. The first time I woke up at 4AM to a screeching alarm from my phone I had no idea what it was and the phone had a popup that said something like "EMERGENCY ALERT." Living in DC I figured it had to be something pretty serious at 4AM, like a nuke going off. Nope, a child was missing.

Now look, I care about missing kids. I do. I think the highway signs are a great way to find someone on the run. But I don't need to be awakened at 4AM with the news. WTF am I supposed to do about it right now??

So of course, the feature is completely disabled on my phones since.



Ditto.  Textbook example of how to not do emergency alerts.  Most people I know switched them off thusly, defeating the whole purpose.

Sorry, kidnapped children...
 
2014-04-18 10:28:02 AM  

ZAZ: Robocallers are toys

dicks. Once you own one, you feel you have to play with it at 2:30 in the morning; twice if you can manage it.

FTFY.
 
2014-04-18 10:30:27 AM  

MooseUpNorth: FTFY.


*sigh* It's going to be one of those days, isn't it? Let me guess, the board auto-newlines a reply at the termination of italics.
 
2014-04-18 10:32:29 AM  

dukeblue219: CruJones: Anyone else get that stupid emergency government alerts when they added those to phones? I got an amber alert at 3am, no idea what it was.  Needless to say that is now turned off.

Thanks Obama!

That was the worst. The first time I woke up at 4AM to a screeching alarm from my phone I had no idea what it was and the phone had a popup that said something like "EMERGENCY ALERT." Living in DC I figured it had to be something pretty serious at 4AM, like a nuke going off. Nope, a child was missing.

Now look, I care about missing kids. I do. I think the highway signs are a great way to find someone on the run. But I don't need to be awakened at 4AM with the news. WTF am I supposed to do about it right now??

So of course, the feature is completely disabled on my phones since.


I could not turn off the damn amber alert fast enough after it woke me out of a dead sleep. Whatever you do, don't mention you did it within earshot of an overly concerned mother, you'll never hear the end of it.
 
2014-04-18 10:32:43 AM  

InterruptingQuirk: The govt can call every phone automatically?


http://www.fcc.gov/guides/wireless-emergency-alerts-wea

They can be disabled, except for the Presidential alert.  Who knows what that'll be used for...
 
2014-04-18 10:32:51 AM  
FTA " I could care less if a road has been reopened and DEFINATELY at 2:30am could REALLY care less"

So, you don't mind being called at 2.30am then?
 
2014-04-18 10:34:54 AM  
They should have a website with information like that. In Toronto, I check http://www.toronto.ca/fire/cadinfo/livecad.htm which gives an active incident report for all fire calls.
They used to have a similar page that listed all road closures, mostly for major construction and events.

As someone who has received that 3am call from the police with an emergency, I would most definitely wake up and answer my phone if it rang while I was sleeping. An emergency alert system should probably be tiered. Phone calls for shiat'S GOING DOWN (massive natural disasters, evacuation orders, we're on a manhunt for terrorist suspects and we kind of lost them about an hour ago and he might be in your backyard), an email for Amber alerts, and a website for other emergency situations that might be happening in your neighbourhood that might help alleviate fears and curiosity.
 
2014-04-18 10:37:32 AM  

jtown: No, subby, there's nothing good about what they did.  Reverse-911 is for fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and other life-threatening situations.  It's not for traffic updates.  Unless, of course, the traffic update is to tell me that a truck carrying toxic materials overturned and a cloud of death is headed in my direction.


Agreed. At 2:30 AM there's almost nobody who needs to know a road is reopened. This was a fark-up.
 
2014-04-18 10:42:09 AM  

TheDirtyNacho: InterruptingQuirk: The govt can call every phone automatically?

http://www.fcc.gov/guides/wireless-emergency-alerts-wea

They can be disabled, except for the Presidential alert.  Who knows what that'll be used for...


Oh, I see:

www.ctia.org

www.ctia.org
 
2014-04-18 10:43:26 AM  

Walker: Anyone who doesn't silence their phone before they go to bed deserves whatever they get.


I got a call after I went to bed once.  Mom had a stroke.  Kinda important.
 
2014-04-18 10:46:10 AM  
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Dean I'm going to turn around now and you'd better be on fire. You're standing there in flames and the only person who can put you out is me!
 
2014-04-18 10:48:14 AM  

xalres: dukeblue219: CruJones: Anyone else get that stupid emergency government alerts when they added those to phones? I got an amber alert at 3am, no idea what it was.  Needless to say that is now turned off.

Thanks Obama!

That was the worst. The first time I woke up at 4AM to a screeching alarm from my phone I had no idea what it was and the phone had a popup that said something like "EMERGENCY ALERT." Living in DC I figured it had to be something pretty serious at 4AM, like a nuke going off. Nope, a child was missing.

Now look, I care about missing kids. I do. I think the highway signs are a great way to find someone on the run. But I don't need to be awakened at 4AM with the news. WTF am I supposed to do about it right now??

So of course, the feature is completely disabled on my phones since.

I could not turn off the damn amber alert fast enough after it woke me out of a dead sleep. Whatever you do, don't mention you did it within earshot of an overly concerned mother, you'll never hear the end of it.


Same here. It woke me a little after 3:30 AM to tell me that a car matching the description of a possible Amber Alert suspect (a mother who didn't have custody, apparently; Not an abductor) was possibly spotted 150 miles away from where I live, and that I should call authorities if I see it.

Thanks. I'm 1/4 of a state away from this, in bed, asleep, and I'm of use in this case HOW?! And it wasn't even a child in danger; It was a child in the middle of a custody battle.

I get the point of such a system, but you know what? Nobody called my landline in the 80s, and I liked it that way. Why is my cell phone so radically different that I can get calls and alerts on it from authorities just trying to catch a lady who's late returning her kid from a visitation weekend?

Tell me about flood, fires, earthquakes, mass murderers running around my town, a missile or meteor heading my way, the eruption of a major volcano in this part of the world, a catastrophic storm of some sort, or Cuban and Russian soldiers parachuting into town with the intention of starting WWIII. Don't call me to tell me someone is driving with their kid 150 miles from me, in the middle of the night when I am most likely not on the road to help spot them.
 
2014-04-18 10:51:30 AM  

Walker: Anyone who doesn't silence their phone before they go to bed deserves whatever they get.


These alerts happen *loudly*  whether the phone is silenced or not, at least with the last two phones I've had. And no, I don't silence my phone at night because I expect that the only people who would call me would have very important news. Frankly, if anything, I want my phone louder at night to make sure I hear it because it's probably really, really important.
 
2014-04-18 11:02:51 AM  

Walker: Anyone who doesn't silence their phone before they go to bed deserves whatever they get.


The emergency alerts don't give a damn if your phone is silenced or not
 
2014-04-18 11:26:48 AM  

Walker: Anyone who doesn't silence their phone before they go to bed deserves whatever they get.


You don't even have to remember that. Use Llama(Android), and you can set up ringer profiles that do anything, such as silence my phone automatically at different times depending on the weekend. Since it can set a profile based on an SSID or a wireless MAC address, I can even set the thing to go to vibrate automatically when I go to the doctor)Any one in my network, since the SSIDs are the same), or a movie.

dukeblue219: Walker: Anyone who doesn't silence their phone before they go to bed deserves whatever they get.

These alerts happen *loudly*  whether the phone is silenced or not, at least with the last two phones I've had. And no, I don't silence my phone at night because I expect that the only people who would call me would have very important news. Frankly, if anything, I want my phone louder at night to make sure I hear it because it's probably really, really important.


Using the above app, you can set up 'Noisy Contacts' that will ring through, but it will still mute the rest.

As for the ringing anyway, it's possible(Before anyone claims differently). Cerberus, which I use to track phones will flash and play a loud alarm even if the phone is on Silent. Great way to find your phone. So, yeah, it can be done.

You may be able to manually block numbers...
 
2014-04-18 11:47:34 AM  

Walker: Anyone who doesn't silence their phone before they go to bed deserves whatever they get.


In my case, what I get is, I remain employed.

/oncall sux
 
2014-04-18 12:02:48 PM  
All the comments to the article are defending the city. Seems like the complaints that were made were pretty justified. Just more government incompetence.
 
2014-04-18 12:12:47 PM  
We recently had a tornado hit the St. Louis suburbs at like 4 in the morning. I was sleeping through the storms when my phone went off with a tornado warning.

I checked the radar and saw it was like 5 or 6 miles away so I woke everyone and got the family into the basement. As we were going downstairs 2 minutes later the weather radio alert went off. Then like another 2 or 3 minutes later the sirens went off.

The damage was north of us: but it seems the order was backwards. But I guess the phone alerts were good this time.
 
2014-04-18 12:21:06 PM  

CruJones: Walker: Anyone who doesn't silence their phone before they go to bed deserves whatever they get.

The emergency alerts don't give a damn if your phone is silenced or not


There's this little thing called a "power button" - don't know if you've heard of it...
 
2014-04-18 12:40:50 PM  
This should've been a Newsflash.
 
2014-04-18 12:47:44 PM  
That's almost as bad as volo calls from work.

/got 20 minutes before I usually get up so they could inform me that I had to go to work.
 
2014-04-18 01:38:23 PM  

Mikey1969: Walker: Anyone who doesn't silence their phone before they go to bed deserves whatever they get.

You don't even have to remember that. Use Llama(Android), and you can set up ringer profiles that do anything, such as silence my phone automatically at different times depending on the weekend. Since it can set a profile based on an SSID or a wireless MAC address, I can even set the thing to go to vibrate automatically when I go to the doctor)Any one in my network, since the SSIDs are the same), or a movie.

dukeblue219: Walker: Anyone who doesn't silence their phone before they go to bed deserves whatever they get.

These alerts happen *loudly*  whether the phone is silenced or not, at least with the last two phones I've had. And no, I don't silence my phone at night because I expect that the only people who would call me would have very important news. Frankly, if anything, I want my phone louder at night to make sure I hear it because it's probably really, really important.

Using the above app, you can set up 'Noisy Contacts' that will ring through, but it will still mute the rest.

As for the ringing anyway, it's possible(Before anyone claims differently). Cerberus, which I use to track phones will flash and play a loud alarm even if the phone is on Silent. Great way to find your phone. So, yeah, it can be done.

You may be able to manually block numbers...


iPhones can do all that natively
 
2014-04-18 02:09:29 PM  

CruJones: Mikey1969: Walker: Anyone who doesn't silence their phone before they go to bed deserves whatever they get.

You don't even have to remember that. Use Llama(Android), and you can set up ringer profiles that do anything, such as silence my phone automatically at different times depending on the weekend. Since it can set a profile based on an SSID or a wireless MAC address, I can even set the thing to go to vibrate automatically when I go to the doctor)Any one in my network, since the SSIDs are the same), or a movie.

dukeblue219: Walker: Anyone who doesn't silence their phone before they go to bed deserves whatever they get.

These alerts happen *loudly*  whether the phone is silenced or not, at least with the last two phones I've had. And no, I don't silence my phone at night because I expect that the only people who would call me would have very important news. Frankly, if anything, I want my phone louder at night to make sure I hear it because it's probably really, really important.

Using the above app, you can set up 'Noisy Contacts' that will ring through, but it will still mute the rest.

As for the ringing anyway, it's possible(Before anyone claims differently). Cerberus, which I use to track phones will flash and play a loud alarm even if the phone is on Silent. Great way to find your phone. So, yeah, it can be done.

You may be able to manually block numbers...

iPhones can do all that natively


I've never seen an iPhone with the customizability of Llama.... Go ahead and claim they can if you want, though.

Last I heard, weather apps couldn't even put the temperature in the notification bar.
 
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