09-12-2013 10:04 AM
- I don't know if anyone has seen this yet, but if you go into Settings>Notifications, and then scroll to the bottom, you will see a section called Government Alerts. In that section, there are AMBER Alerts and Emergency Alerts. Both are turned ON by default.
Well, tonite in my area we had some really severe thunderstorms come screaming by. And just before one of those storms hit, I heard the weirdest noise from my iPhone 4S - kind of a hybrid of an electronic scream and klaxon like you hear on TV or radio with an Weather emergency or the like. When I got to my phone, on the lock screen was a message stating: "A flood watch has been issued in this area. Please check local media for details -NS"
Apparently this service also uses GPS, and NS obviously stands for National Service, or in this case, National Weather Service. Kinda of cool, huh.
These alerts are for weather alerts, disasters, terrorist attacks, etc. I think it a very good service. What do you guys think?
Oh, and it is free.01-14-2013 12:53 PM
- This is carrier dependent. AT&T does not participate at this time. They are just the standard emergency alerts that you already see on TV and hear on the radio. But now the government is sending them out to cell carriers as well who in turn issue the alerts to phones in the affected areas.01-14-2013 12:59 PM
- AT&T does support Government Alerts, as does my iPhone 4S, iOS 6.1.3. I became aware of the service when the KLAXON sounded at 3:10 A.M. this morning to alert me, for the second time, of the Amber Alert and accompanying description of the car being sought. While I can appreciate the usefulness of the service, I would like to be able to receive the message without the accompanying blaring noise during hours when I am unlikely to be able respond in a helpful way. As it happened, my response was to search my phone for the source of the incredibly loud alert, shut it off, and go back to sleep. As to why the widget appears on some phones and not others, I couldn't say, but I suspect the phone has to be at least a 4S running iOS 6.1.3.08-06-2013 11:14 PM
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