We live in a great era where urgent messages from your government can be delivered to you where ever you are on whatever device you have. If there is something urgent you need to know, they can let you know. You can also tailor those alerts to your specific concerns. Instead of the old broadcast TV alerts which were for the entire Washington DC metropolitan area, you can have alerts specific to Arlington. And if you work in Washington DC, you can subscribe to Washington D.C.'s alerts. And if you never venture into Fairfax, you dont have to listen to Fairfax alerts.
I live in Arlington. I dont work or live in Fairfax. But repeatedly Arlington Alerts sends out alerts about Fairfax:
Arlington Alert: Fairfax CEAN reports: EB Little River turnpike closed at John Marr Dr for downed wires: Fairfax... http://bit.ly/LV6MzONow there are a couple of problems with this. First, if you send out noise in your alert system, you train people to ignore your alerts (kind of like the old broadcast TV system - kind of like running too many fire drills so that everyone always just assumes "its just another drill"). You dont want people ignoring alerts. Second, if you send out enough alerts, people will turn off your service.
Arlington Alerts regularly sends out alerts for places that are not Arlington. Enough. I have unsubscribed. This is not good.