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Amber alert wakes thousands
of New Yorkers at 3:51 a.m.
Wednesday morning, sparking
debate about emergency system

New York Daily News, by Nina Golgowski & David Knowles

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Posted By:Scottyboy, 7/17/2013 6:35:23 PM

Is it a needless interruption, or a valuable life-saving tool? Thousands of New Yorkers were awoken early Wednesday morning when their cell phones began blaring because of an amber alert notifying them of a missing child. Accompanied by the screeching tones employed by the emergency broadcast system, a message appeared on cell phones across the five boroughs that read, “3:51 am AMBER Alert Manhattan, NY Amber Alert UPDATE: LIC/GEX1377 (NY) (1995) Tan Lexis ES300.” New York police said that a 7-month-old boy had been snatched by his biological mother, Marina Lopez, 25, from a Harlem social service facility on Tuesday afternoon.
Source corrected by Staff.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: SnowQueen, 7/17/2013 6:50:12 PM     (No. 9429301)

That´s a good way to make sure that real emergency warnings go ignored in the future. Also, for what it´s worth, I can´t get as worked up about parental abductions as I do about kidnappings by strangers.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: KTWO, 7/17/2013 6:57:02 PM     (No. 9429307)

Decisions. Decisions.

Problem: You have a device that might make a lot of noise and wake you up.

??? do you turn it off before going to bed ???

Answer: seems as if that might work.

??? Can you block the Emergency Broadcast Systems calls ???

Answer: Phones are pretty smart now, I bet you can.

??? Why don´t phones ring only when you want to hear the message???

Answer: Imps create all mischief. Atheists do not believe in Imps and are never affected.





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Reply 3 - Posted by: 4justice, 7/17/2013 7:06:18 PM     (No. 9429321)

Oh boo hoo... turn off the phone if you don´t want the phone to wake you. Geez, what babies!!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Topic Thunder, 7/17/2013 7:17:13 PM     (No. 9429338)

The article says you can opt out of these alerts and that is exactly what I would do!

Once should be more than enough.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: perryscave, 7/17/2013 7:18:27 PM     (No. 9429340)

Turn off the phone and you could miss an emergency call from a relative.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: mitzi, 7/17/2013 7:21:39 PM     (No. 9429350)

When I take out my hearing aids at night - I can´t much of anything unless it´s very close to me, and my cell phone is in the other room.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 7/17/2013 7:35:54 PM     (No. 9429367)

I make a moral distinction between a kidnapping and a child being taken by a biological parent. Apparently, Zero Tolerance affects our Amber Alert system, just like it does everything else.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 7/17/2013 7:39:58 PM     (No. 9429371)

Most irksome is that a cell phone owner--or an emergency weather radio--should have the option to opt IN, not the option to opt out.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Woodenleg, 7/17/2013 8:07:42 PM     (No. 9429416)

Got it......woke me up.....thought it was a weather alert.....ignored it and went back to sleep.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: uno, 7/17/2013 8:34:49 PM     (No. 9429454)

Just wait until the Obamboozler starts using it for motorcades!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: chillijilli, 7/17/2013 9:57:02 PM     (No. 9429540)

Not so fast. I personally experienced 1 of these Amber Alerts in SEattle a few weeks ago @ 3:30a. It scared the hooga dooga out of me bc it sounded like a fire or security alarm. My phone was charging in a distant room.
Yes, you CAN opt out of all alerts EXCEPT "Presidential alerts." If Mr Obama wants to get your attention about something, he can butt in to your sleep anytime, anywhere...Check it out. Call your carrier. They´re ALL the same. Since MAR 2013, all carriers BY LAW must provide WEA alerts. Read all about it at www.fema.gov

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Reply 12 - Posted by: LouD, 7/17/2013 10:24:02 PM     (No. 9429566)

As others have said, "Turn the damn phone off." And just what are people to do at 3:30 A.M. when the alert sounds? Get dressed and go out in the street in case the perp goes by? Fat chance, and how would one know what or who to look for?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: mazeman, 7/17/2013 10:31:41 PM     (No. 9429578)

You can block most alerts, but cannot block those issued by the President.

Link: http://www.fcc.gov/guides/wireless-emergency-alerts-wea

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Reply 14 - Posted by: AGGW, 7/17/2013 11:38:22 PM     (No. 9429633)

I got one in the daytime and had no idea what it was at the time. So loud. Scared me to death. I did not appreciate it. I will look into opting out.



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Reply 15 - Posted by: Shells, 7/17/2013 11:41:20 PM     (No. 9429636)

For anyone who has endured a family crisis that went on for months, late at night phone calls can be terrifying.

Are they now trying to give us all heart attacks?

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Reply 16 - Posted by: coldoc, 7/18/2013 1:17:21 AM     (No. 9429672)

Will weiner have access to this capability? Just think of the exposure!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: drkillj0y, 7/18/2013 2:36:01 PM     (No. 9430617)

Turn the phone OFF ?
Are you people nuts?

Why ?

Do you turn the ringer on your land-line off or unplug it every night ?

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