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Old 09-10-2012, 09:08 AM
 
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Hmmm...okay, maybe this requires an actively working app on a smartphone? We use LG Xpressions - good dumb phones.

Nope, my phone is a cheapo non smart cellphone, and I got the alert - I happened to be biking that day, but fortunately had just gotten on a local bus when I got the alert, and was on the bus till the danger had passed.

(and no, I don't think the odds of wind capable of lifting the bus were very great - apparently at WMATA and the driver did not think so)
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:18 AM
 
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My sister--on the other hand-- did NOT get the alert on her fancy-schmancy Verizon iPhone!
Interesting. FWIW, check out the list of Verizon phones that do work with the system. Notice any particular brand NOT listed?
Wireless Emergency Alert Capable Devices
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:32 AM
 
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Interesting. FWIW, check out the list of Verizon phones that do work with the system. Notice any particular brand NOT listed?
Wireless Emergency Alert Capable Devices
Yeah, my sister was not quite as amused as I was that I got the alert and she didn't!
From what I read, iPhone users will be able to receive the alerts once they update their OS to iOS 6.
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:33 AM
 
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Ah, okay - just surfed ATT's site and a couple different pages say, respectively, "We support these three phones as of Q1 2012" with a list of three obscure phones and "The box the phone came in will say it supports the alert system".

Our phones were neither on the list of three nor do their boxes say they support the system.
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:58 AM
 
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I received an alert. Unfortunately, I was alone on a bicycle on a back country road miles from any potential shelter. Twas a fun experience.
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Old 09-10-2012, 10:39 AM
 
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I received an alert. Unfortunately, I was alone on a bicycle on a back country road miles from any potential shelter. Twas a fun experience.
Yikes. Seems as if there was more damage in some local areas than was expected. Making it thru ok =
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:04 AM
 
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I got the alert. I'm with Verizon, but I don't have a smartphone. Nice feature.

This reminded me of the old emergency siren that would sound at noon every day in the town I grew up in. Simple but effective. Of course, it wouldn't work in a 'town' of one million people.

Unlike the derecho which ripped up our trees, this storm did very little damage our way.
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:38 AM
 
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I have Sprint and was in Glen Burnie at the time (in the path of the tornado that was seen in Bowie). We were watching tv, and the channels all went out for the emergency alert broadcast. I never got anything on my phone. You'd think this would be a more widepsread feature...
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Old 09-10-2012, 12:15 PM
 
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I signed up through Loudoun and Fairfax counties awhile ago for weather updates, and I got updates from both counties. They came through text message and email. They had been sending alerts since early afternoon and had this storm pinpointed very accurately.
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