Personally, I do have a Twitter account, but I only visit there maybe 2 or 3 times a year. I expect the number of people sitting on Twitter all day and monitoring tweets from law enforcement is extremely tiny. However the majority of people carry cellphones. I wonder if all the outrage from people over amber alerts disturbing their sleep made the authorities reluctant to issue a real alert? They just tweeted in their own little echo chamber.Twitter is not a substitute for an actual emergency alert. Most people don't use it, and certainly aren't using it while they're out doing stuff. Getting this notice hours later when they scroll their feed is worse than useless.
This is exactly what the emergency alert should have been used for. "There's an active shooter, stay indoors. For more information, visit (Twtter Url)."
Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good, here. Warning people is better than not warning them. This was a major fail.
How does releasing the alerts on Twitter not have a similar concern?The other thing is, if it was known early on that the shooter was impersonating and driving a police car, they may have had second thoughts telling the public for fear of nobody stopping for any police.
It was actually pure luck....in a little after 12 hours after the first call, they located, shot and killed a serial killer.
https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/rcmp-detail-killer-s-path-through-nova-scotia-1.4910079He travelled a short distance to the home of a woman he knew on Highway 224. He killed her before stealing her Mazda 3. He transferred his weapons to that car, stopped to change out of the police clothing he had been wearing, and then pulled into a gas station in Enfield, N.S. (The stolen vehicle was low on gas) A tactical officer, who had stopped to refuel, killed the gunman there.
But is that a problem in Nova Scotia? We just don't get that many of those in the Maritimes. I haven't gotten a single amber alert in NB since this system came in, and I'm not sure one has. Nova Scotia can't have had that many. If that stops them from issuing an alert about an active shooter, something's very wrong.@oldyellr: I thought the same thing. It makes sense that after all the kerfuffle over recent middle of the night amber alerts that annoyed so many people that the authorities might have been a bit leery of sending out a general alert that might draw similar complaints. Your comment about an echo chamber is an apt description.
The alert system covers far more people now than it ever has, since it's also on radio and TV. Short of putting loud speakers everywhere, there is no system that can get universal coverage. I'm not sure what more can be done there, realistically. But they have to actually use it for it to matter, and the RCMP dropped the ball on this. There's no excuse, Nova Scotia EMO was on site to issue the alert. It just wasn't done when it should have been.I also think some thought needs to be made as to how to get the information disseminated to the large number of people in this country, mostly rural although not completely so, who have either don't have a cell phone/cell coverage, or no internet, or only limited internet. At one point I would have said that they're just a really small group of Luddites but now based on what I'm hearing they seem to be larger than most of us have imagined. How would these people be informed in a real "immediate life threatening emergency" using the existing alert system such as a tornado, flash flood, wildfire, or wild lion on the loose etc., if they only send the alerts on the higher tech. technology? Or would these people simply be victims?
There's a lot to think about.
Looks like another custody dispute today. Of course I don't know any of the details of the story, but when I see the details in the alert, and thanks to their past history use of the service, that's now my assumption. Another example of how some of the abuse of the system is already causing harm to it, leading to alert fatigue or whatever it is they call that phenomenon.( although granted we haven't really been inundated with alerts recently, or at least I haven't) Shame all the same though.It appears to me that the alert system is being misused by a couple of people in the GTA and ignored almost everywhere else. There was a case where the amber alert system should have been used just a few km from here but wasn't. On the other hand we've received some questionable amber alerts from the GTA area, over 100km away, in the middle of the night. Those incidents have destroyed the credibility of the system. There was an alert for a possible tornado last year but I've seen more severe weather when no alert was issued. The failure to use the alert system in NS recently just reinforces the issue.
I hope it didn't interrupt your nap.It took over my car’s hands-free system.