https://twitter.com/LaurenJauregui/status/290712119459074048


https://twitter.com/NaturallyReci/status/290718572722937857


https://twitter.com/iEatCrickets/status/290710786119184386

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“Amber Alert” trended late tonight after a significant number of iPhone users with the iOS 6 operating system received the message. Many Twitter users were awoken by the loud sound; a disturbing number of iPhone owners didn’t know what the nationwide warnings of abducted/missing children even were. Even more were unaware that their iPhones carried the alerts. For the ignorant: The messages are part of a new national cell phone emergency alert system “relying on Broadcast SMS to push notifications to smartphones for weather threats, Amber alerts and Presidential alerts. The system went live in New York City at the end of 2011, and should be live in most of the United States.”


https://twitter.com/BaseballJess/status/290711363561594880

Yes, it is.

We’re glad at least one person took the initiative to find out more about the missing child and post the information:
https://twitter.com/Slizzle_407/status/290720172082356224

With missing children, every second matters. Every informed citizen and every alert pair of eyes matters.

Amen:

Update:

Denise is safe. What a relief!

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Related – 3/31/13:

iPhone users still freaked out by Amber Alerts; Update: missing toddler in Flint, MI found

  • DcMasta

    Just an FYI, this is not exclusive to iPhone users. Any phone that is capable of receiving WEA (Wireless Emergency Alerts) received this. Read up on it: http://www.ctia.org/consumer_info/safety/index.cfm/AID/12081

    • http://www.theconservativevoices.com/ dmacleo

      yanked it out on my droid x (rooted) last august.

  • Joel A. Edge

    Just go to settings>notifications>amber alerts and turn them off. Mine is on, but it’s up to you. Some people are clueless.

    • http://twitter.com/standsomemore StandSomeMore

      Yep, in the section categorized as “Government Alerts.” So far, just Amber and Weather — both important. Didn’t see anything called “presidential alert.”

      • Guest

        There are no options for Presidential Alerts, because those are the one type you are not allowed to turn off. From the LA Times:

        “Only three types of alerts will be sent out on PLAN: messages issued
        by the president, alerts involving imminent threats to safety of life,
        and Amber alerts.

        Consumers will have the option, through their wireless carrier, to
        block all PLAN alerts except for those issued by the president.”

        http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2011/05/president-obama-could-send-text-message-warnings-in-new-plan-system.html

        • http://twitter.com/standsomemore StandSomeMore

          :-/

        • Grumpa Grumpus

          Not being able to turn Presidential Alerts off is true…

          Unless you’ve “rooted” your Android phone. A reason I like Androids.

          Because the OS is a flavor of Linux, once you’ve “rooted” your phone (which makes you the Admin or SuperUser) you can REPLACE the OS with a variant that exposes all the systems events. Even the conplete Alert system or the “switch the mic on eventhough the phone’s off” which allows the FBI to listen in during hostage situations.

          I’m certainly glad I don’t have an iPhone.

        • Grumpa Grumpus

          Not being able to turn Presidential Alerts off is true…

          Unless you’ve “rooted” your Android phone. A reason I like Androids.

          Because the OS is a flavor of Linux, once you’ve “rooted” your phone (which makes you the Admin or SuperUser) you can REPLACE the OS with a variant that exposes all the systems events. Even the conplete Alert system or the “switch the mic on eventhough the phone’s off” which allows the FBI to listen in during hostage situations.

          I’m certainly glad I don’t have an iPhone.

  • Grumpa Grumpus

    I can understand people being upset that they were awoken from a sleep by the “super-loud” siren.

    While looking for missing children is imperative, unless the phone’s owner’s abducted them, awakening a phone’s sleeping owner won’t help.

    As for receiving “Presidential Alerts”— well, I wouldn’t think anything Bush or BO had to say important enough to wake me.

    But then, I didn’t like either much.

    • Grumpa Grumpus

      From the Twitchy Posting:
      (NB: emphasis mine in the following quote…)

      “The messages are part of a new national cell phone emergency alert system “relying on Broadcast SMS to push notifications to smartphones for weather threats, Amber alerts and Presidential alerts. The system went live in New York City at the end of 2011,…”

      Which is why I mentioned “presidential alerts”— not trying to make political point!

      But point-of-fact: every politician considers their every idle utterance to be of vital import–
      I do not. Nothing falling from a politician’s lips short of notification a terror attack or invasion or high-scale natural calamnity (like Mt. Rainier erupting) should rudely interupt me with startlingly deafening sirens or klaxons.

      And if I wasn’t told about that capability in my phone— and how to turn it off— I’d be hopping mad!

      On a related note: I recently fell deeply asleep with the new LCD 52″ television on, after trying for several days to deeply sleep. My wife at about 01:00 started taking a shower prior to joining me.

      So that I wouldn’t awaken from the commercials, (which are much louder than the shows) she muted the television, but left it on so she’d be there w/me when I woke from turning off the television. The volume was set at 15 of 100 when she muted it and started her shower.

      The “emergency alert system” test un-muted the television and turned the volume up to 75! I was startled almost into a heart-attack!

      And this behavior isn’t mentioned anywhere in the documentation for the television!

      In a call to customer support I was informed that this behavor is req. by the government on every new HD television and there’s no way to turn it off!

      It’s for our own good, you see. This way if the television’s on and we need a talkin’-to our ‘Unc Governess’ can give it to us.

      I feel sorry for who will still be around when Our Governess decides to remove the “on/off” switch!

  • http://www.facebook.com/stormspottertodd Todd L. Sherman

    The complaints seem to be about a firist time thing happening, here, not something that’s been going on for a long while and people are suddenly complaining it all at once. So the question becomes…which is the case?

    The alerts may be important but some people may find it freaky that they’re getting something that they didn’t subscribe to, especially without contact information from the originating sender agency (NOT the county sheriffs office), and no information about how to unsubscribe if they don’t want it. I run a weather bulletin service myself (Alachua County EMWIN Project) and I believe THOSE are important, too, and that everyone should subscribe to it. But what I think and what someone else thinks are different. Perhaps, based upon my personal belief alone, I should be pushing those bulletins to everyone I so believe should get them, whether they WANT to subscribe to them or not? I can tell you that if *I* tried something like that, there would be some 911 calls and I’d probably go to jail. There IS a formai process for this stuff, and someone seems to think that it doesn’t apply to them. Who are you supposed to go to to unsubscribe, or turn it off?

    The issue here seems to be that a lot of people are freaking out about it because it’s something they didn’t subscribe to. And I looked through the documentation for my girlfriend’s phone and there was nothing in the documentation describing automatic subscription to this service.

    What’s weird is that there is a ghost entity that no one knows about which seems to be dictating who gets an alert or not, whether they want them or not, who seems to know their phone numbers. My first thought at seeing this alert on her phone was “When the hell did I subscribe her to this? and how to I turn it off?” This Amber Alert was for south Florida, and the bulletin said to check local news. When you check local news in Gainesville, there’s nothing about it because the alert doesn’t apply to our area.

    It IS a great idea. Yes. But you have to ALLOW people to CHOOSE whether they want them or not, especially if they live 500 or so miles away from where the alert occured. I’m sorry. You can’t change my mind on that. I work for the Census Bureau and I’m familiar with privacy laws and “personally identifiable information” and how it can be used. I’m pretty sure there were some violations here. A phone number is considered PII. Who gave it to these authorities? And where did the authorities get proper permission to USE that first?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Henry-Felter/1329276051 Henry Felter

    I don’t have a cell phone. My life is richer because I don’t. I have no wasted work time, I have no wasted life time. My time is my time

  • BeyondPolls

    We need to publish the addresses of all Florida child predators, including kidnappers and pedophiles. It’s for safety.

    • Sons Thunder

      Well, you could just go to the FL sex offender registry: http://goo.gl/Tmjsu
      Should that prove too confusing, the lying, Islamofascist, pro-criminal,America-hating MSM media has explained how to create a map of sex offenders within a 5-mile radius: http://goo.gl/q7RMc

      • BeyondPolls

        I said all child predators. Are you trying to defend them?

    • Sons Thunder

      Well, you could just go to the FL sex offender registry: http://goo.gl/Tmjsu
      Should that prove too confusing, the lying, Islamofascist, pro-criminal,America-hating MSM media has explained how to create a map of sex offenders within a 5-mile radius: http://goo.gl/q7RMc

  • Bill Turner

    My android has been doing this for at least a year, maybe more. Iphone finally caught up. Keeping kids safe. What is your issue??

    • Guest

      “Keeping kids safe. What is your issue??”

      Waking up every single citizen of an entire state at 2am with an adrenalin-pumping siren in order to notify them that a child has gone missing as many as 400 miles away is supposed to accomplish what, exactly? How does that “keep kids safe”? What were people up in Jacksonville to do, get up, get dressed, hop into their cars and drive 350 miles south to look for the child?

      I think Amber Alerts are a wonderful idea and that the digital “push” version is a good idea in principle but it probably needs refining – i.e. allow people to say they only want alerts between 6am and 10pm, and/or allow them to only receive alerts for incidents within a 50 or 100 mile radius of where they are.

      By the way, the little girl was found safe and sound, near her home, earlier this morning. Praise God.
      http://www.wflx.com/story/20579818/amber-alert-issued-for-missing-fl-toddler

      • Grumpa Grumpus

        I agree w/you that notifying everyone in a state is (to understate it) overkill. What’s worse is that often these “features” aren’t even mentioned in the documentation, so you’re taken by surprise and perhaps cardiac arrest.

        In the Android OS w/apps you can tie different types of notifications to different GPS locations (if you’ve “rooted” your phone…) so that if you’ve told the app to ignore blizzard notifications while you’re at home, when you receive one at home it won’t show up or blip the phone. When you leave the area you’ve tagged “at home” it starts to pass alerts it receives from then on through.

        Most of the pay versions and a few of the free ones can do this for any system event, so you can in effect suspend receiving calls during chemo or a test (for students) and still use the smart phone’s other niceties, such as a medicine scheduler or mini-internet browser.

        That was one reason my grandchildren gifted me with a smart phone.

        • Guest

          “Government Alerts” is a feature built in to iOS6, it is not a stand-alone app like NOAA or other weather alerts. Once you know where to look, it is easy enough to turn the “Government Alerts” off. BUT, they are either off or on, there is no fine-tuning allowed.

          iOS6 also has the “Do Not Disturb” feature, which turns all alerts and calls off either at will or for predetermined periods (10pm to 6am, for instance) but I don’t use that because I still want my teenage children to be able to reach me in the middle of the night in an emergency, no matter what number they’re calling or texting me from from (friend’s phone, service station, hospital, whatever).

          • Kevin Krom

            Isn’t there a setting that allows someone to override DND if they call something like 3 times within 5 minutes?

          • Kevin Krom

            Isn’t there a setting that allows someone to override DND if they call something like 3 times within 5 minutes?

  • stuckinIL4now

    Looks like a lotta low info morons got a lesson today. I have neither an iphone nor a smartphone and last year I got a few emergency weather alerts–and that alert has a rather screeching sound.

  • radicallyalyssa

    When I got it on my phone, my boyfriend had no idea what an Amber Alert was. I learned what it was when I was like, 6. What the hell is wrong with these people?

  • Paul

    Can they issue an alert when I die of a fucking heart attack because my phone is screeching a horrible tornado-siren? I seriously thought a natural disaster was about to hit and almost fainted.

  • Finrod Felagund

    Big deal, I found out my last trip out of state over Christmas that my phone gets these. Within 2 hours of each other I got a tornado warning and an amber alert. Didn’t hear either one of them.