The Government has announced plans to test the system in Glasgow city centre, Easingwold, in North Yorkshire, and Leiston, in Suffolk.The system, which will begin later this month, would allow messages to be sent to mobile phones in the case of emergencies such as natural disasters, terror attacks or large-scale accidents. The BU Alert System is used in circumstances where the BU community is at risk or when important information must be disseminated quickly campus-wide. But it's unclear how many people will actually receive one or multiple messages because it depends on whether the phone has the compatible software. The emergency notification system works through Send Word Now updates, which are distributed through text messages, phone calls, emails, web page banners (seen on, and updates to BU websites, including BU Today and BU Emergency Management. From there, click on the Employee Self-Service tab and the personal information tab and then proceed to the BU Alert information tab.
Cell phone users can opt out of receiving these alerts by contacting their cell phone provider.
Boston University Police Chief Thomas Robbins says the alerts are critical to public safety.
To date, only 39 percent of faculty and staff have registered their mobile phone numbers with the BU Alert System, says Fiedler, who urges those who have not yet registered to do so by going to the BU Works Central website and logging in.
Students are required to register their mobile phone numbers with the BU Alert System or they are not permitted to register for classes. While some students complain that the alerts are bothersome, Fiedler stresses the University’s obligation to help students stay safe. Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are designed to alert mobile users in the United States about kidnappings, known as Amber Alerts, severe weather, and presidential announcements for national emergencies.
Feature phonesEmergency alerts are also sent to basic mobile phones, more commonly referred to as feature phones. Then I must be connected to the world's most powerful tower if I'm getting alerts from California.

I also haven't received a single alert on my phone since I first noticed it was implemented.
AMBER alerts can appear to be a bit cryptic, giving you the location of the alert, a car license plate number and the make, model and color of the vehicle.
To adjust your emergency and AMBER alert settings, either look in your phone's default messaging app, or in the mobile options section of your settings menu.
There is one caveat, though: there is currently no way to turn off the presidential alerts. Emergency text alerts will interrupt some cell phones throughout New York City on Thursday, but government officials are warning that it's only a test. We have included diverse areas - both rural and urban - as part of our tests, as we want to look at how effective the different systems are in different areas in using mobile phones to deliver mass messaging."Messages will be sent to mobile phones in the test areas by SMS in parts of Suffolk and Glasgow, and by SMS and cell broadcasting in parts of Yorkshire. Since January, there have been nine alerts, according to Stephen Morash, director of emergency response planning in BU’s emergency preparedness office. FIU Alert is an emergency notification system used to notify the FIU community of any imminent or immediate threat to life safety. Windows Phone 8Windows Phone users can swipe left or hit the arrow key at the bottom of the Start screen to enter the Applications list. There are three (or four, depending on how you're counting) types of emergency alerts you can receive on your Android. Scroll to the bottom of the page were you will be presented with an option to disable both Amber and emergency alerts. The catch is that they may be in different places on different phones, with slightly different features.
Once opened, you will be given the option to disable extreme threats, severe threats, and Amber Alerts.

FIU VOIP Phones: All university phones will play an audible message and display a short text message. Presidential alerts— No, not asking for money, but rather an alert issued by the President of the United States or a designee. Then, choose Messages, select the More option, which is represented by three dots on the lower-right-hand side of the screen, enter Settings, and go to Emergency Alerts.
If you can't find the emergency alert option in your phone's settings, open the Messaging application and look for the option in the messaging settings.
Emergency alerts on Samsung phones are tucked away in the settings of Samsung's messaging app. For those individuals who haven't yet upgraded to a smartphone, emergency alerts can be disabled by sending the word "stop" or "cancel" to 26237 (AMBER). Motorola's Moto X goes even further, allowing you to set the duration of the alert sound (from 2 seconds to 10 seconds, speak the alert out loud, and offer an option to opt out after receiving your first alert.
That horrible blaring of the emergency alert tone, the buzzing of your phone's vibrating motor, and then the grim news. As long as your phone is connected to a cell tower and you have a recent version of any mobile OS, you'll receive them.

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