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Why am I getting Amber alerts on my phone?

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Author's Note: Why am I getting Amber alerts on my phone?

I think it's cool that we have this capability, at least on our smartphones. The ability to save my life is a feature I would have added voluntarily. And I suppose if enough people get the messages, they can warn the people nearby who aren't carrying the latest devices. I've gotten nearly-local Amber alerts and flash flood warnings for my area so far. I've actually slept through tornado alarms before (until my significant other woke me up), but I use my cell phone as an alarm clock, so it has a much greater potential to wake me, especially with that screechy alert noise.

The alert definitely makes an annoying sound, but it's better that it isn't too similar to any of the other notification, ring or alarm noises we're all used to and might ignore. And I hear tell that you can change the sound on some devices.

Besides the fact that kids have already been rescued, imagine how many people could be saved if alerts went out to a good percentage of the populace the next time a hurricane or tsunami was about to hit. I, for one, won't be turning them off. Although I might be tempted briefly in the wee hours of the morning.

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