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  • Posted by  $  Stormi 4 months, 3 weeks ago
    I say a bad word, then grab the remote and mute it! They are so irritating, esp. the super loud beeps at the end, to let you know they are done - ridiculous. That is the Natl. Weather Serv. ones, the Fox ones I usually ignore, as with all media, everything is "alert" worthy, which they usually are not.
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  • Posted by  $  allosaur 4 months, 3 weeks ago
    If it ain't a tornado or a severe thunderstorm warning here in Alabama where an F5 once missed me by a quarter of a mile, then what the--Oh, July just started! The first Wednesday of every month, the emergency siren for all the City of Pleasant Grove is tested precisely at 10PM. Tomorrow. Location? One house down above the dead end avenue me dino lives on. That's where a beagle (now dead) used to howl whenever that ear-splitter came on. It's always best to be inside. Was I told that siren was there when I moved here 12 years ago? You kidding? Of course not!
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  • Posted by DrZarkov99 4 months, 3 weeks ago
    In Oklahoma we hear the practice sirens each Saturday at noon. If they go off at any other time we pay attention for TV and radio alerts. We probably have the best weather alert system in the world, since the NOAA Storm Center is located at the University of Oklahoma.
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    • Posted by  $  gharkness 4 months, 3 weeks ago
      I guess it depends on WHERE in Oklahoma. I've had so many times when the warning went off, and off, and off, and nothing happened even close. (But I'm not disappointed that nothing happened!) Maybe those of us on the Northeast side of the state are the red-haired stepchildren, hahaha!
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  • Posted by  $  4 months, 3 weeks ago
    For me, as soon as I hear that distinct loud noise coming from my TV, I quickly turn off my TV off and do something else. I don’t even wait for a message to show up anymore.

    I used to bear the loud annoying noise and wait for a message to come up to see if it was an emergency, but 99% of the time it was just another test. These tests blare out of the TV at least once a week with no way to reduce the volume, stop or even slow them down. Each one of these loud government mandated emergency tests take over my TV, stop my DVR from recording, and when done leave me stranded somewhere that I wasn’t before the take over.

    So, until these emergency alerts actually alert you to a real emergency, and only a real emergency, this will be my standard operating procedure.

    Not exactly objective. Could be just another unintended consequence of big government policy.
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    • Posted by dansail 4 months, 3 weeks ago
      As an emergency volunteer, those tests are there for the sake of ensuring the system will actually work in the event of an emergency. I'd rather have those tests than the actual event. In my position, training and being ready for the event is key. I understand it interrupts your television enjoyment, but in my mind it's a small price to pay. Just know that someone else is setting aside their television enjoyment to be ready for responding to a disaster.
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      • Posted by  $  4 months, 3 weeks ago
        If someone outside yells out, “There’s a fire!!! There’s a fire!!! There a fire!!!” a number of times a week then after a while some people just won’t even bother to check.
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    Posted by  $  exceller 4 months, 3 weeks ago
    I just wait it out.

    It usually hits when I am watching something I am interested in, so a few annoying seconds I am willing to tolerate.
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