[PLUG-TALK] Phone alerts; Amber, extreme, severe

Keith Lofstrom keithl at kl-ic.com
Wed Mar 20 16:53:09 PDT 2019

I just got TWO amber alerts about a missing child in
Hermiston, with a licence plate number.  My vision isn't
good enough to see a license plate 50 feet away, much less
170 miles.  Some cop or emergency worker needs "rejobbing".

I finally found the menu on my Doro brick phone:
Settings -> Meetings -> Emergency Alerts -> Activation

I turned off Amber alerts.  Also "Extreme" and "Severe"
alerts, which are from the National Weather Service about
hurricanes and such.  I'll take my chances with flash
floods and tornados near Portland.  Those take a while
to get here.  I'll turn on "Extreme" if I am on the coast,
where a tsunami is a possibility.

However, what I would love, and where SECONDS count, is
extreme earthquake warnings.  If the Big Rip 9.0 starts
propagating from Victoria or Eureka, the P wave will get
here in 50 or 70 seconds respectively, and the ultra-
destructive S wave in twice that time.  We can save many
more lives if we have more warning time than the P wave. 

SO - does the Emergency Alert system include earthquakes? 
>From what I've read, it's a good idea that hasn't been
implemented yet.

And if I see a driver from Hermiston or anywhere else
bothering the neighborhood kids, a can of whoopass WILL be
opened.  I might make a mistake and end up in jail myself,
but it will be a nice quiet vacation from phone alerts.

I'll let Congress deal with the source of Presidential


Keith Lofstrom          keithl at keithl.com

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