I've just received another CMAS Alert on my iPhone, but guess what? This time they did it right:
Now... I cannot IMAGINE why someone didn't have the brains to do this correctly the first time around, but I guess after scaring people half to death they figured it out. So I'm pleased. But now we have to question whether or not people want these types of alerts and whether or not it's even useful since not everyone uses texting.
As of right now it's "opt out," cjon. Though I'm not sure how one would go about the process of opting out. Perhaps it's clear on the FCC page... doubtful, but anyway... from what I hear the other national emergency alert test this week didn't go so well, so I'm feeling pretty secure!
Well said, knoxzoo! Leave it to the government to spawn something like this -- and to the carriers to implement it in such a halfhearted manner that it leaves us all scratching our heads in awe. The sheer waste of it all!
Thank you for not participating. I'll assume you knew that by the time I got around to reading the alert, the crisis would be over, anyway.
Nicole - someone needs to have their feet held over the fire for the blunder of omission of not sending out a warning text regarding the warning text in advance of sending the actual warning text, so people receiving the warning text would not have cause to panic over the warning text or be confused and puzzled about the warning text sent by the new warning text system.
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