This is only a test… of the emergency broadcast system (note: click on link only if you want to be annoyed). I am sure everyone remembers this saying along with the loud BLEEPING noise for what seemed like forever (probably 30 seconds).
Back in the day, before my television had a remote control, I would just sit there and listen to whatever the warning system was. Move forward a few years (and by a few I mean 20) and my television had a remote so I could just mute the T.V. or change the channel.
Move forward a few more years (and by a few I mean 10) and now we are in a different “time.” In a conversation I had with Abbie yesterday, I was reminded that we as consumers of media do not watch/listen the way we used to. We are not watching T.V. in real time (Thank goodness for Tivo… and really how did we live without it before?) or listening to the radio in the same way.
From what I understand as of June 16, AT&T added wireless emergency alerts update to iPhones and according to a Phoenix New Times article “Wireless emergency alerts began last year in the Phoenix area with just a couple of cell-phone companies and operating systems.” I don’t have AT&T so I am not sure why my iPhone just started getting alerts. But now twice in one week , around 9 p.m. on Sunday night and at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday night my cell phone started going crazy (with a loud annoying BLEEPING noise) to warn me about a possible dust storm?
Sunday was the first time I had ever received such a warning on my cell phone so it caught me off guard- I thought something was really wrong. But was there? Is this just a case of a “test” or was there something really wrong? I am still not sure. But I am not sure how I feel about getting these alerts on my phone (and yes I now know thanks to the 100 posts made by my friends on Facebook that I can turn them off) without knowing that they were going to be installed. Here in Arizona we don’t have to deal with “natural” disasters the way they do in other parts of the country, so personally I am not sure how necessary these alerts actually are.
I would like to know your thoughts on the wireless alerts- are they a good thing or just an annoyance?