Although both of these options would be great as additional notification systems, if every home was equipped and every home owner signed up, they still would not get warnings to the general public who are outdoors or away from their home. Cell phone alert apps are only effective for the home area of the user. Nationwide programs require WEA-capable phones and coverage is spotty. Below is the “fine-print” from the NOAA mobile weather warnings page…
The Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system relies on “best-effort” networks, so delivery of alerts at a given place and time is not guaranteed. The new alert system is not a replacement for other alert systems, and you should not rely on it as a sole source of emergency information. A weather alert sent through WEA is intended to notify the public that a warning has been issued and that you should seek additional information. Remember: Not all phones are capable of receiving Wireless Emergency Alerts.
People become annoyed with alerts from weather radios or cell phones occurring at odd hours for minor events and disconnect them. As people move in or out of a location or drop landlines in favor of cell phones many phone numbers aren’t registered to the location they are used in. Just like smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, these radios require maintenance and battery replacement. With warning sirens, especially those with new two-way digital technology, 24/7 monitoring of each siren site is available remotely ensuring all units will sound an alert when the need arises.
Reverse 911 dial down systems are expensive to implement and are not effective if the homeowner is outside or pursuing outdoors recreational activities — especially if these are not in the owner’s “home” area of coverage.
If you watch news reports, hardly a week goes by where someone isn’t praising the notification received from an outdoor warning system somewhere in the United States. Unquestionably, countless lives are saved and injuries averted in communities equipped with a good warning system when severe weather strikes.
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