What are other peoples opinions on this optional alert system? I think it’s a good idea and personally I don’t think the UK will issue “Amber alerts” like they do in the USA for kidnapped and lost children, so we likely won’t hear this often
It’s not though, is it? You’ll get the alerts whether you want it or not.
They’re just a US thing so I doubt we’d have any. I think it’d just put people off and increase the anti-emergency alert sentiment.
I totally agree. I always thought it was super weird that the UK didn’t have a national alert system. As someone who never watches any terrestrial TV or listens to radio (and has no news apps, to keep my sanity) I would not find out about emergencies otherwise.
Though despite most of the world using this system in one form or another it’s interesting that it’s once again triggered the British anti-change collective sentiment. “But what about motorists? They’ll crash!” “Domestic abuse victims!” It’s something I always found strange living here. If something is for the common good people will always find a reason to oppose it just because it’s new.
Same - though I’m happier with a loud noise alerting people to a potential terrorist incident than them being caught up in it.
Though be interesting to know how quickly the alert can be sent out from the reporting of an incident, and what safeguards there are to make sure it is a genuine alert? There will have to be a balance between speed of response vs checking of the validity?
I don’t mind as long as they don’t abuse it. I was in Greece during the pandemic and I got one like twice a day, eventually just turned them off. Most of them were intended for places 100s of miles from where we were.
Realistically, we should basically never receive one, it’s just good to have in an absolute emergency. My whole life so far I haven’t been in a situation where I genuinely would have needed an emergency alert.
So yes, fine with it if they aren’t trigger happy with them.
I don’t see us being too trigger happy thankfully.
I probably have been in situations, given I live in London. The roaming terror attacks in central London probably warrant people possibly nearby being told to avoid the area. As it happens I had news alert to avoid London Bridge on my walk home but if I didn’t then it would have been important to know to avoid the area.
I was in central at the same time, but given it took 8 minutes from the start of the attack to the attackers being shot by police and the area secured, I really doubt an emergency alert would have gotten out in time to save anyone, and anyone in danger was probably aware the attack was taking place.
But generally sure, a terrorist attack would be the kind of place they should use them.
I hope we won’t too. My slight worry is they’ll be like ‘there’s a heatwave’, ‘it’s a bit windy’ or ‘there’s something happening miles away you don’t need to do anything about’. But very hopefully not!
If a nuclear missile is on its way I want to be alerted. If it’s a sunny day, I’d rather not be . But anyway I can always turn them off. iPhone also lets you chose to turn off ‘severe’ and ‘extreme’ alerts separately which might help