I'm loving these 'Emergency Alerts'

qckslvrsiete

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I haven't gotten a single alert lol. Is location services a requirement?
I think this is a new feature in iOS 6 as I don't remember getting them before, but started getting them yesterday. You'll receive emergency alerts if you turn the option on (Settings > Notifications - Section: Government Alerts (Has Amber Alert and Emergency Alert options)).

I'm not sure how useful they are though. I got two warnings yesterday about a flash flood warning that was in effect about 50 miles north of me (my location wasn't even included in the official advisory when I looked it up). My guess is they were sent based on cell tower, and not GPS or location-based services.
 
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SandboxGeneral

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I believe those are carrier dependent and based on selected regions. There is supposed to be a place to disable them in in iOS in those areas where it works.
 
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vipJj123

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Option is in settings-notification, scroll to bottom. Option is on my iphone 5 for Verizon Denver, Colorado, USA
 
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cole01

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Kinda disappointed AT&T doesn't support this option in my area or just in general. Not that it'd come of THAT much use since I have other weather/news apps that send me push notifications for important things but wouldn't hurt to have!
 
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nlkccom

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I'm in Los Angeles, and got 2 of these alerts yesterday afternoon when it was raining. First time I've ever seen it. I guess it's a Verizon thing. Never had this for years with AT&T.
 
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dave420

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I'm in Los Angeles, and got 2 of these alerts yesterday afternoon when it was raining. First time I've ever seen it. I guess it's a Verizon thing. Never had this for years with AT&T.
Considering Apple just added this feature a few weeks ago you probably wouldn't have gotten alerts for years. AT&T still doesn't support it though.
I am also curious if it makes a sound when the phone is in vibrate. That may be excessive if alerts come as frequently as shown here.
 
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dontwalkhand

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Works great for hurricane evacuations, Flash Flood I don't need to worry about much, but I may soon as my house got declared as part of a flood plain.
 
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tito2020

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Hope they fix maps because if these alerts are associated with maps where screwd
 
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PaulNY

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Jul 21, 2010
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Everyone in my department has verizon and their phones all went off at the same time with a flash flood warning (Moto Bionic, Samsung GSIII, iPhone 4S iOS6)

I'm on ATT with iPhone 5...I think it'd get a little irritating after a while.
 
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