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These alerts will be sent only to those in the immediate threat area. I assume so as not to create mass panic. The alert types are as follows:

Presidential (Mandatory)
Severe and Extreme threat alerts
Amber Alerts

The alerts are created by our government and sent via Verizon Wireless service.
An alert was recently sent out to people in several New Jersey counties and freaked people out for about an hour wondering why they were being told to take shelter immediately. Unfortunately, the alert was not clearly noted as a test. Big Surprise, right?!!!




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Here's a link to the article about the emergency alert recently sent to people in several New Jersey counties:

[link to www.cbsnews.com]

Seems fishy to me!! What do others think? Personally, the widget just appeared on my phone this past week after a re-boot. The link refers to the incident in New Jersey of nearly a year ago. Weird!

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BTW, the incident in New Jersey occurred in December of 2011. I find it odd the widget has appeared on my phone all this time later.
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These alerts will be sent only to those in the immediate threat area. I assume so as not to create mass panic. The alert types are as follows:

Presidential (Mandatory)
Severe and Extreme threat alerts
Amber Alerts

The alerts are created by our government and sent via Verizon Wireless service.
An alert was recently sent out to people in several New Jersey counties and freaked people out for about an hour wondering why they were being told to take shelter immediately. Unfortunately, the alert was not clearly noted as a test. Big Surprise, right?!!!




[link to support.verizonwireless.com]
 Quoting: testtube



Have you seen the widget on your Verizon smartphone? When did you discover it? Have you received any alerts?
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Why are people getting sporadic supposed test or anomolous Emergency Alerts over a period of about a year?
On DirecTv and also on smartphones. "They" are Messing with us!!
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Why are people getting sporadic supposed test or anomolous Emergency Alerts over a period of about a year?
On DirecTv and also on smartphones. "They" are Messing with us!!
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I feel this is yet more evidence of manipulation of people by US gov't! Think of the ways they can use this to their advantage to manipulate us! CRAZY!!!
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Mine just started blowing up one day. First one 02/16/12.
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I have been working in Las Vegas selling advertising for RV parks the last five years. Many is the time when Nellis AFB has shut down cell and internet service for a period of time. Even more often, they interfere so much internet won't work worth a damn.
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Mine just started blowing up one day. First one 02/16/12.
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Blowing up with Emergency alerts? Or literally? If alerts, what type of alerts?
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I have to admit, it came as a surprise when I noticed the Emergency Alerts widget on my phone. I checked it out and couldn't help wonder why there seems to be a need for this unless there really is an eminent need for it. I hope it will be used legitimately. I want to be informed as opposed to uninformed. However, I don't want to be messed with!
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I have to admit, it came as a surprise when I noticed the Emergency Alerts widget on my phone. I checked it out and couldn't help wonder why there seems to be a need for this unless there really is an eminent need for it. I hope it will be used legitimately. I want to be informed as opposed to uninformed. However, I don't want to be messed with!
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Please keep in mind, these widgets seem to have been suddenly appearing on Peoples Verizon Wireless service smartphones for about a year now.
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Just checked out the app info for the Emergency alerts app on my Verizon smartphone.

At the very bottom of the page info it says:

This application can access the following on your phone:

YOUR Messages, edit SMS or MMS, read SMS or MMS, receive CMAS.
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Here is a link I just found to a very good article on the smartphone emergency alerts system. Please read carefully and note the agencies collaborating on this. It lists the three main including FEMA, Nat'l Weather Service, and wireless carriers. Then it says "and other government agencies".

The comments section below this article is good fodder too...

[link to www.theverge.com]
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Stop talking to yourself
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Stop talking to yourself
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No need for rudeness. Just offering information to those interested. if you aren't interested. Please don't look at my threads. Thank you!
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There is a similar feature on my Blackberry phone's OS.... It's a newer phone, my carrier is T-Mobile.

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Why are people getting sporadic supposed test or anomolous Emergency Alerts over a period of about a year?
On DirecTv and also on smartphones. "They" are Messing with us!!
 Quoting: testtube




I feel this is yet more evidence of manipulation of people by US gov't! Think of the ways they can use this to their advantage to manipulate us! CRAZY!!!
 Quoting: testtube


ring! ring!

ring! ring!

ring! ring!

ring! ring! ring! ring! ring! ring! ring! ring! ring!


siren2 siren2 siren2

ATTENTION CITIZENS!

THIS IS AN EMERGENCY MESSAGE FROM YOUR PRESIDENT!!!

VOTE FOR ME, OR YOU'LL HAVE TO PAY YOUR OWN MORTGAGE AND CAR INSURANCE!!!


RING! RING! RING! RING!

(repeat 10,000 times)

ouncsam
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Why are people getting sporadic supposed test or anomolous Emergency Alerts over a period of about a year?
On DirecTv and also on smartphones. "They" are Messing with us!!
 Quoting: testtube




I feel this is yet more evidence of manipulation of people by US gov't! Think of the ways they can use this to their advantage to manipulate us! CRAZY!!!
 Quoting: testtube


ring! ring!

ring! ring!

ring! ring!

ring! ring! ring! ring! ring! ring! ring! ring! ring!


siren2 siren2 siren2

ATTENTION CITIZENS!

THIS IS AN EMERGENCY MESSAGE FROM YOUR PRESIDENT!!!

VOTE FOR ME, OR YOU'LL HAVE TO PAY YOUR OWN MORTGAGE AND CAR INSURANCE!!!


RING! RING! RING! RING!

(repeat 10,000 times)

ouncsam
 Quoting: Presidential Alert Sysytem 8043847



Mmmmmmmmm could be... oh clever one!
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Mine just started blowing up one day. First one 02/16/12.
 Quoting: cdwarior 1564478


Blowing up with Emergency alerts? Or literally? If alerts, what type of alerts?
 Quoting: testtube


Just tests mostly.
Just got one at 5:43 edt today.
A weather alert as we're having heavy rains and flash flooding. Like on tv but more elaborate.

The alert and.
Alert type:
Urgency:
Alert Response Type:
Alert Category:
Certainty:
Expiration:
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Mine just started blowing up one day. First one 02/16/12.
 Quoting: cdwarior 1564478


Blowing up with Emergency alerts? Or literally? If alerts, what type of alerts?
 Quoting: testtube


Just tests mostly.
Just got one at 5:43 edt today.
A weather alert as we're having heavy rains and flash flooding. Like on tv but more elaborate.

The alert and.
Alert type:
Urgency:
Alert Response Type:
Alert Category:
Certainty:
Expiration:
 Quoting: cdwarrior 13052471




Thanks CDWARRIOR! As I stated, it only appeared on my phone in the last week, but even with wildfires here in WA state, I haven't received any alerts.
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My girlfriend has been getting them, but I have not. My phone is rooted, hers isn't.

She got one that said "Tornado warning! Please take cover now!" with nothing else. We turn on the news and the closest tornadoes are about 25 miles away. Give me a break.

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My girlfriend has been getting them, but I have not. My phone is rooted, hers isn't.

She got one that said "Tornado warning! Please take cover now!" with nothing else. We turn on the news and the closest tornadoes are about 25 miles away. Give me a break.
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It's nice to see that even though the feds are $16 TRILLION in the red, with no end to the bleeding in sight, they still have dough to spend on idiotic shit like this.
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My girlfriend has been getting them, but I have not. My phone is rooted, hers isn't.

She got one that said "Tornado warning! Please take cover now!" with nothing else. We turn on the news and the closest tornadoes are about 25 miles away. Give me a break.
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It does concern me this may become one of these "cry wolf" situations where we won't know if we should respond or not.

However, I am originally from tornado alley. I wouldn't have taken shelter at that moment, but I would have been keeping an eye peeled for sure and doing what you did; I would tune in on TV.
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no biggie for me....got several over the summer...all due to severe weather....no need to get your knickers in a twist!
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My girlfriend has been getting them, but I have not. My phone is rooted, hers isn't.

She got one that said "Tornado warning! Please take cover now!" with nothing else. We turn on the news and the closest tornadoes are about 25 miles away. Give me a break.
 Quoting: jcab2002


It's nice to see that even though the feds are $16 TRILLION in the red, with no end to the bleeding in sight, they still have dough to spend on idiotic shit like this.
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Agreed! There are already apps for this!!!
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The funny thing about this is that they assume the fragile cell networks will be around to pass the message. LOL.

Get a ham radio, a cellphone is worthless in a real emergency (real, like BIG doom red dawn style real, not flat tire)

ETA: No I don't have such an app I'm on ATT.

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The funny thing about this is that they assume the fragile cell networks will be around to pass the message. LOL.

Get a ham radio, a cellphone is worthless in a real emergency (real, like BIG doom red dawn style real, not flat tire)

ETA: No I don't have such an app I'm on ATT.
 Quoting: Project_Deimos



So right, so right!!!

Look for it to appear though, as I posted an earlier link which states ATT has implemented this. After all, this has been in development for nearly a year now. Mine just appeared this last week after i did a battery pull.
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The funny thing about this is that they assume the fragile cell networks will be around to pass the message. LOL.

Get a ham radio, a cellphone is worthless in a real emergency (real, like BIG doom red dawn style real, not flat tire)

ETA: No I don't have such an app I'm on ATT.
 Quoting: Project_Deimos



So right, so right!!!

Look for it to appear though, as I posted an earlier link which states ATT has implemented this. After all, this has been in development for nearly a year now. Mine just appeared this last week after i did a battery pull.
 Quoting: testtube


Here's that link again:

Here is a link I just found to a very good article on the smartphone emergency alerts system. Please read carefully and note the agencies collaborating on this. It lists the three main including FEMA, Nat'l Weather Service, and wireless carriers. Then it says "and other government agencies".

The comments section below this article is good fodder too...

[link to www.theverge.com]
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I've got verizon, and starting a few days ago, mine has been glitching up like crazy! Keep having to do a battery-pull reset.

Hmmmm.....I wonder if the two are connected?

I'm not aware of any pre-authorization I have made for this service, and seeing as all of the family cell phones are in MY name...to which I pay the monthly service for...I am the ONLY one that can authorize changes.

Just little old me...not you, not the prez...not anyone.

We're supposed to trust his judgement to what is deemed an 'emergency'? When the man can't even define the word 'tact'??

.....laughing....please..... laughing .....stop...
laughing ....stop before laughing laughing I pee laughing myself...
laughing ....seriously.... laughing

In the past several months I have seen more than 1 act of 'tacky' come from this administration. However...the paypal accounts that were set up in which to send donations to the prez campaign fund was great!

How thoughtful of them! hf

If you (or I) thought that we didn't already pay enough in taxes to keep Washington in the lap of luxury they've grown accustomed to, they made it sooo very convenient to donate to their anniversary fund! Or the funds collected from your garage/rummage/yard sale. Or my personal favorite, forfeit your wedding gift!! How awesome! thumbs

Hold on.....I'm being channeled....I am gazing into my crystal ball....and an image is beginning to form....wait for it.....wait for it....it's getting clearer....clearer.....

GOT IT!!!

I see in my immediate future, a near perfect 99.9999 percent probability....that if there is no 'opt-out' available on my smart-phone-verizon-account that someone sitting at this keyboard (not naming names) will cancel any and all cell service indefinitely!!! thumbs

(((huge applause is heard around the world)))

thank you.....thank you very much....I'm here every Thursday!!!

just remember: a threat only remains a threat til you take it to the next level....then it becomes an 'action'

clapping
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I've got verizon, and starting a few days ago, mine has been glitching up like crazy! Keep having to do a battery-pull reset.

Hmmmm.....I wonder if the two are connected?

I'm not aware of any pre-authorization I have made for this service, and seeing as all of the family cell phones are in MY name...to which I pay the monthly service for...I am the ONLY one that can authorize changes.

Just little old me...not you, not the prez...not anyone.

We're supposed to trust his judgement to what is deemed an 'emergency'? When the man can't even define the word 'tact'??

.....laughing....please..... laughing .....stop...
laughing ....stop before laughing laughing I pee laughing myself...
laughing ....seriously.... laughing

In the past several months I have seen more than 1 act of 'tacky' come from this administration. However...the paypal accounts that were set up in which to send donations to the prez campaign fund was great!

How thoughtful of them! hf

If you (or I) thought that we didn't already pay enough in taxes to keep Washington in the lap of luxury they've grown accustomed to, they made it sooo very convenient to donate to their anniversary fund! Or the funds collected from your garage/rummage/yard sale. Or my personal favorite, forfeit your wedding gift!! How awesome! thumbs

Hold on.....I'm being channeled....I am gazing into my crystal ball....and an image is beginning to form....wait for it.....wait for it....it's getting clearer....clearer.....

GOT IT!!!

I see in my immediate future, a near perfect 99.9999 percent probability....that if there is no 'opt-out' available on my smart-phone-verizon-account that someone sitting at this keyboard (not naming names) will cancel any and all cell service indefinitely!!! thumbs

(((huge applause is heard around the world)))

thank you.....thank you very much....I'm here every Thursday!!!

just remember: a threat only remains a threat til you take it to the next level....then it becomes an 'action'

clapping
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Can't trust anything any of them say or do Lady Annie 2009! Well stated...
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I've got verizon, and starting a few days ago, mine has been glitching up like crazy! Keep having to do a battery-pull reset.

Hmmmm.....I wonder if the two are connected?

I'm not aware of any pre-authorization I have made for this service, and seeing as all of the family cell phones are in MY name...to which I pay the monthly service for...I am the ONLY one that can authorize changes.

Just little old me...not you, not the prez...not anyone.

We're supposed to trust his judgement to what is deemed an 'emergency'? When the man can't even define the word 'tact'??

.....:laughing:....please..... :laughing: .....stop...
:laughing: ....stop before :laughing: :laughing: I pee :laughing: myself...
:laughing: ....seriously.... :laughing:

In the past several months I have seen more than 1 act of 'tacky' come from this administration. However...the paypal accounts that were set up in which to send donations to the prez campaign fund was great!

How thoughtful of them! hf

If you (or I) thought that we didn't already pay enough in taxes to keep Washington in the lap of luxury they've grown accustomed to, they made it sooo very convenient to donate to their anniversary fund! Or the funds collected from your garage/rummage/yard sale. Or my personal favorite, forfeit your wedding gift!! How awesome! thumbs

Hold on.....I'm being channeled....I am gazing into my crystal ball....and an image is beginning to form....wait for it.....wait for it....it's getting clearer....clearer.....

GOT IT!!!

I see in my immediate future, a near perfect 99.9999 percent probability....that if there is no 'opt-out' available on my smart-phone-verizon-account that someone sitting at this keyboard (not naming names) will cancel any and all cell service indefinitely!!! thumbs

(((huge applause is heard around the world)))

thank you.....thank you very much....I'm here every Thursday!!!

just remember: a threat only remains a threat til you take it to the next level....then it becomes an 'action'

:clapping:
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Just think of the worshipFederal Government as your Mom and Dad, and Very Wise and Learned Aunts and Uncles (and cousins and friendly neighbors and stuff like that)

They know what's best for us. ohyeah

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