Apple Watch Could Have Saved My Life (Kinda)

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by dsypul, Jul 28, 2015.

  1. dsypul macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2015
    First off, I love the Apple Watch when I am camping. While at the campsite, I can leave my phone in the tent and still get notifications when I am on-call. It also came in handy when cooking around camp to set timers.

    Friday night, this past week, we were at the campsite getting ready to roast marshmallows when my watch goes off, it is the Emergency app alerting me that there is a Tornado Warning in effect for our area, giving us enough notice to quickly grab some things and head to a friend's basement in town. There were several tornados in the area, fortunately there wasn't any damage or injuries.

    There are times when I don't carry my phone around, in these instances it's nice to have the watch to get important messages or alerts.
  2. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    That's if you get reception in your specific campsite. I've been to many where there is none.
  3. dsypul thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2015
    If I'm backpacking in the backcountry, where there isn't adequate cell reception, I'm not wearing my Apple Watch and there aren't man made storm shelters nearby to run to if I did get an alert. :^)
  4. superliu macrumors member

    Aug 11, 2010
    Are you in Canada Caglary/Banff area? Just a wild guess, cause we had tornado warning here last week. Nothing happened tho.

    And although I had my watch, it didn't give me any notification. But there were enough people running and screaming around the office here to know something was happening.
  5. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    you got balls. i could never live in an area of tornados yet i am fascinated by them at the same time
  6. Tom G. macrumors 68000

    Tom G.

    Jun 16, 2009
    Champaign/Urbana Illinois
    To bushido,

    Every spot on earth has its own problems. There are not many tornados in California, but they have earthquakes and Hurricanes. East coast not many tornados but ask people about Hurricane Sandy. I've been through many Hurricanes and typhoons when I was in the Navy, and would rather face a tornado. Its smaller and over a lot quicker.

    To the superliu you may want to check your settings on your watch, I believe you should have gotten a warning. It might depend on your weather app, however.
  7. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    FWIW, we've had several tornadoes and tornado warnings here in MA since I moved back here in 2009. Most in the central part of the state, but one made landfall on the coast.

  8. Ecoh macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2009
    I really like the severe weather warning notifications on the AW. It is hard to miss or ignore notifications that are received on your wrist.

    I grew up in Oklahoma where we had lots of tornadoes. Then moved to Los Angeles where we had earthquakes. I would rather take my chances with an earthquake than a tornado. Now I live in the east where we have been having severe thunder storms. Not too close to the coast so hurricanes are not so severe. I am very happy with the weather where I am right now.

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