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Is this proper use of the Emergency Alert System?
Posted by: GGD
Date: September 04, 2021 12:27PM
Yesterday while driving to run some errands my iPhone started blaring the emergency alert sounds. I suspected that it might be some sort of fire warning, planned power outage due to fire danger, air quality warning, or maybe an amber alert. So I pulled over to read it.

But no, it was this...

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Public Safety Alert
City of San Jose: Get vaccinated this
Saturday, September 4th at the Alviso
Car Show! The free clinic will be setup
on Hoppe Street between Gold and
Liberty from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vaccines
remain the most powerful tool in the
fight against COVID-19 and the Delta
variant. It is free, safe, and effective!
[sanjoseca.gov]

Is this really an emergency / public safety issue? Seems almost like an ad for a car show. And keep in mind that San Jose is in Santa Clara County which has almost 82% of it's residents fully vaccinated and 87.3% with at least one dose.

[covid19.sccgov.org]
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Re: Is this proper use of the Emergency Alert System?
Posted by: Spock
Date: September 04, 2021 01:15PM
Nearly 660,000 dead from COVID in the US and it's not an emergency?
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Re: Is this proper use of the Emergency Alert System?
Posted by: GGD
Date: September 04, 2021 01:27PM
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Spock
Nearly 660,000 dead from COVID in the US and it's not an emergency?

With numerous locations where vaccines are available on a daily basis in this area, why is just this one-day single location an "emergency"?
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Re: Is this proper use of the Emergency Alert System?
Posted by: bfd
Date: September 04, 2021 04:33PM
Did they send a similar announcement for the SJSU game?

Never mind, that game's in L.A.

And they're getting smacked right now. Probably worse than the Covid…

The problem with some of these emergency systems is just as you've noticed. The more times they're used for Public Service Announcements - rather than true emergencies - the less they're attended to by the public.

So when there really IS an emergent situation, who will care?
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Re: Is this proper use of the Emergency Alert System?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: September 05, 2021 03:18AM
Is this really an emergency / public safety issue?


I think so many people not getting vaccinated indeed makes this an emergency / public safety issue.

It's effectiveness is questionable though.

I know several people who glare at me when the alert goes off, and maybe even a little extra glare when I read it.

'You get those?? I turn mine off!!'

I reminded every one of them that it's a choice, and turning them off is nothing to be proud of.

Given the number of online comments I've seen about people who do the same, I'm guessing most alerts, especially a vaccine alert, doesn't get a densely populated audience.

These are desperate times, though not desperate for us.

Well, until they are.

So if the City of San Jose makes this a regular practice, yes, people will likely get desensitized to all the alerts.

There are a couple of big assumptions in that premise.






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Re: Is this proper use of the Emergency Alert System?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: September 05, 2021 03:50AM
I have mine set up to only let certain types of alerts through. mostly weather and natural catastrophe.



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Re: Is this proper use of the Emergency Alert System?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: September 05, 2021 09:30AM
I agree that the system is flawed. I rarely get alerts on my phone except for Amber ones. It won't get the Shake alerts even though it is only 4 years old.



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Re: Is this proper use of the Emergency Alert System?
Posted by: hal
Date: September 05, 2021 02:04PM
I got a notice last week about a wandering senior last seen on the OTHER SIDE of sacramento 20 mi away. Upon hearing that screeching alarm, my first thought was - OH, NO! AN EMERGENCY, but then I thought for a moment and decided that it was probably a lost senior again - it was.

I'm already desensitized. When I get the notice that Folson Dam has been breached, I'll probably ignore it.
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Re: Is this proper use of the Emergency Alert System?
Posted by: bfd
Date: September 05, 2021 05:41PM
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When I get the notice that Folson Dam has been breached, I'll probably ignore it.

You may be able to ignore it regardless - at the rate the water is disappearing around here there won't be enough left in that lake to be concerned about.
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