Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Amber Alert catches thousands off guard

A controversial Mandatory Amber Alert went out Monday Night in California  "As of January 1, 2013, AMBER Alerts™ will now be automatically sent through the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) program to millions of cell phone users," read a statement on the amberalert.gov website.

If you have a WEA-enabled phone (Wireless Emergency Alert Phone), the partnership means you are automatically enrolled for the three different alerts: Presidential, Imminent Threat and AMBER Alerts, explained the statement.
The Amber Alert while helpful caught thousands off guard, as they slept, drove, or went about their business.  The alert will sound at full decibel even if your phone is on vibrate.  The California Highway Patrol even acknowledged the text message caught some by surprise."That Amber Alert tone you received on your cellphone might have scared some of you, but we need all eyes for this," read a tweet from the CHP Southern Division.
Cellphone Users can expect to receive the following Alerts:

Presidential Alerts (*Can not be turned off)
Imminent Extreme Alerts
Imminent Severe Alerts
Amber Alerts

To disable the Alerts temporary on your Android Phones:
Tap on your messaging app, then press the menu button, then settings,  scroll down to emergency alerts then un-check amber alerts, and whatever else you don't want.. 
Presidential alerts cannot be unchecked