What if the person really did kidnap the child and avoid their friends and family before and after the kidnapping So contact the kidnapper or their friends and family personally is useless.Why not simply phone/text/alert that person (and perhaps their friends) instead of millions of people?
Like boo-hoo, trying to save a childs life is less important than you being inconvenienced for 10 seconds. Whether it works or not, even if it works once its worth it. And I highly doubt it causes accidents let alone has negative outcomes for millions of people. If you have evidence please post links.There are always going to be unlikely scenarios like the one you mention, where it's "impossible" to get in touch with someone directly or through friends or family, via phone, text, or direct contact. The point I'm trying to make is that there has not been one scenario in Ontario where an Amber Alert has directly impacted the outcome for a child.
Similar surveys have been conducted across North America and the results are the same. Amber Alerts make people feel good, but don't ever, or extremely rarely, have a direct impact, while disrupting the lives of millions of people with billions of intrusions over the 25 years since Amber Alerts started in the US.
These disruptions, can cause car accidents, and many other negative outcomes for all these millions of people (loss of sleep for doctors and other essential workers). People in Canada need to be allowed the option to turn off these (Amber Alert) intrusions in their phones like you can in the US. These people won't help with Amber Alerts anyway. Although I usually have the ringer turned off on my iPhone, which means I don't hear the klaxon, turning off a phone/ringer is not an option for many people because they need to be able to be contacted for a large number of reasons.
Serious consideration needs to be given to a fact-based analysis of whether we should even continue with Amber Alerts. We have 25 years worth of data. Emotions need to be put aside. At least we should be able to avoid these intrusions if we wish.
The Emergency Alert system should obviously be utilized in a targeted manner for real emergencies, like tornados, etc. Especially for situations like the Nova Scotia killer, where it was not utilized. One other problem with these alerts is that they are often repeated in error as mentioned recently, diluting their effectiveness and desensitizing people. Inept people should not be in charge of such an intrusive technology.
Trying is not useful if it does nothing concrete....trying to save a childs life is less important than you being inconvenienced for 10 seconds.
I have a PAYGo account and receive the alerts, even on my previous iPhone 5S which is 7+ model years old. I suspect it's either your phone, or the fact that you're not near an LTE tower.I don't receive the alerts on my Rogers pay as go account.
I would say that an SMS (or MMS) message would have been more than sufficient. They did it previously, why not now?They probably want to cover themselves because some people are probably not watching the news any longer. Especially those who think this is fake news.
I wouldn't call that an abuse. Nightly reminders would be.
I got one too. It told me to stay home, when I was already at work¹.So, Ontario decided to send one out too. At least it was around 10-11AM today.