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Emergency Alerts on phones

Original post made by Cell Phone, Adobe-Meadow, on Sep 2, 2017

At approximately 3.00 pm yesterday I received 3 separate alerts from Santa Clara County in 3 different languages informing me of a heat emergency. I received them again last night around 10 pm. I have received them again this morning. This has been very annoying, particularly when multiple people receive the alerts on their phones in the same room within a few minutes.

I appreciate the Emergency Alert system, but this has been so annoying that it has caused several people to disable the alerts on their phones, not the sort of thing we would want to do if there were a real emergency (such as a shooter in the neighborhood).

Please can these alerts be kept for situations that are really serious and for other situations, such as heat alerts, be kept to the minimum. Otherwise, it will be like the boy who called wolf.

Comments (4)

Posted by Marie
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 2, 2017 at 12:52 pm

Marie is a registered user.

Agreed - and the buzz buzz for the alert was really annoying. - it was a different sound than I had set for alerts. The fact that it was hot out, is not an emergency.

Posted by Cell Phone
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 2, 2017 at 1:57 pm

Within the last hour I have received two more alerts. This really is overkill!

Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 2, 2017 at 2:07 pm

My problem is that I get the alert, and then go to read it, open my iPhone and it is gone! The first time I had no idea what it even was. Not optimal at all!

Here is a link to show where they are and how to read them and turn them off if you want: Web Link

Posted by Cell Phone
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 8, 2017 at 5:25 pm

Today I received a dust storm alert!

Really? In Palo Alto?

On my phone to view alerts go to home page and scroll down from top of screen and alert reappears.

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