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post #376 of 389 (permalink) Old 2018-05-14, 03:26 PM
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I just got that alert about the girl from Thunderbird. WiFi calling is connected.

I haven't lost my mind. It's around here...somewhere...
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post #377 of 389 (permalink) Old 2018-05-14, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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I got an alert around 12:30 PM or so.

Question now that these alerts are available on your:

TV
Radio
Cell Phones
Tablets(I think)

will they also be available on your computer?

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post #378 of 389 (permalink) Old 2018-05-14, 04:39 PM
 
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In this day and age a lot of refining can be done. Except for the people in the emergency it is a waste of time and money. Most of us have survived many, many, many, years without bells, beeps etc, that are now becoming a nuisance. Just wait until someone pushes the big red button...you will see mushroom clouds before your phone/radio/TV beeps...and you will still have no where to hide!
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I bet there will an application that will kill these alerts...at least the sounds. I can live with the message.
For the iPhone it will probably mean jailbreaking the phone...which I would prefer not to do so solution one of just keeping the phone turned off will have to do.

Living where I do the only alerts that would be interesting would be war being declared and a zombie invasion.


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post #380 of 389 (permalink) Old 2018-05-14, 06:49 PM
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I didn't get the alert on my phone, tablet or PC. I did hear when it ended because the TV was on in another room.

It appears that good guidelines for issuing alerts are lacking. Should an incident in Thunder Bay trigger an immediate alert in Windsor? Probably not. It seems they just issue the alerts province wide without considering the consequences. It would have made more sense to issue an alert for southern Manitoba than southern Ontario. I wonder if that was done.
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post #381 of 389 (permalink) Old 2018-05-15, 08:01 AM
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post #382 of 389 (permalink) Old 2018-05-15, 10:17 AM
 
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No alert on our cell phone. Only learned of the Amber Alert as I was checking TWN web page for our local weather.

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A friend of mine lives in Toronto and has two phones (home, work). He got *six* alerts over this.

A rethink on how they're using it is clearly needed.
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post #384 of 389 (permalink) Old 2018-05-15, 12:13 PM
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...*six* alerts...
Probably one English, one French, one "all clear" on two phones. If he had been watching TV or listening to the radio, he would have heard more...

I'm so glad to read comments from people who believe that more thought needs to go into these alerts, such as how far to cast the net, etc.

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I was in a business presentation with about 100 people in the room when the "all clear" message was sent - it was loud!!!
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I was in a business presentation with about 100 people in the room when the "all clear" message was sent - it was loud!!!
Regardless of the CRTC I am sure there will IOS and Android updates before long to be able to kill the sound.


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post #387 of 389 (permalink) Old 2018-05-16, 03:27 PM
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A local Amber Alert on Monday was received on smartphones in southern Ontario, but it didn't reach many Tbaytel customers in Thunder Bay, where it mattered the most.

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post #388 of 389 (permalink) Old Yesterday, 10:37 AM
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Now here's a good alert:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...s-power-outage

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Residents of a Florida city who received alerts about a power outage were also warned to look out for zombies.

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post #389 of 389 (permalink) Old Yesterday, 04:36 PM
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I mean, the obvious question is why does a power outage warrant an emergency alert? It's a fairly common occurrence and not at all an emergency except in certain specialized buildings ( who should be prepared for it anyway).

The zombie part is funny, but it's another symptom of the same issue of poor quality alerts being issued.
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