One of my siblings pointed out to me yesterday that her cell phone had an interesting addition to it. She didn't ask for it, it just showed up one day. On your Android phone, if you hit 'settings', then go to 'emergency alerts' you'll notice (top of the list on mine) Show extreme threats, then Show severe threats, then Amber alerts and so on. At the bottom of the list is Show opt-out dialog and under that heading it says Show an opt-out dialog after displaying the first CMAS alert (other than Presidential Alert).
I guess I'm supposed to wear my phone like some people do. Employers don't like that but if the president is going to warn me about something then how will I know? Gosh it could be important....they could release some soldiers from Texas to raid Arizona or something....
Kinda bugs me that the president found a way to contact us via phone message. If you go to the FCC
website there is an explanation about the emergency alerts which states that the FCC along with FEMA have put this together in order alert us of imminent threats in our area to enhance public safety. Wireless companies volunteer to do this.
Copy and pasted from the site;
What alerts will WEA deliver?
Alerts from WEA cover only critical emergency situations. Consumers will receive only three types of alerts:
Alerts issued by the President
Alerts involving imminent threats to safety or life
Participating carriers may allow subscribers to block all but Presidential alerts.
A WEA alert will be accompanied by a unique attention signal and vibration, which is particularly helpful to people with hearing or vision-related disabilities.
Anyway you can read the rest of it on the website although it's as bland as you would expect a government scheme to be. The president will probably send me a virus next...So I was un-aware of this little intrusion and maybe you weren't, but it seems to me there's something other than ice cream in my bowl and no great discussion about the merits.
If I get an alert about some threat level am I supposed to be on edge every day and scared? It reminds me of some sort of organized religion where we need to fear the (God) Government lest we behave the wrong way. They need to be put in their
place (not us) and should fear the wrath we may bestow them when they
misbehave, after all we're in charge....aren't we?
Actually we should have a presidential emergency warning service for the president. We could tell him about all those things he denies knowing about and warn him of the dangers of being so acquainted with known (presidential appointed) criminals. I think it's time we were in charge of our government.