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Mollygo Mon 15-Aug-22 18:29:24

What do you think about the warning about extreme weather conditions that will be sent to smartphones that can receive it?

Blossoming Mon 15-Aug-22 18:41:41

I haven’t heard of this.

Sar53 Mon 15-Aug-22 18:44:30

There has just been a piece about this on the BBC news. A good idea.

SueDonim Mon 15-Aug-22 18:48:21

It’s already a ‘thing’ in America. I knew my son received alerts on his phone but I was astonished to receive thunderstorm warnings on my British phone when I visited!

M0nica Mon 15-Aug-22 18:50:23

Well, I already rceive warnings about flood warning s on my landline as we liv on the edge of a flood plain. I think it is an excellent idea.

Blossoming Mon 15-Aug-22 19:02:13

Thank you Sar I found the item. Here’s a link to the story on the BBC website.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-62549122

Sago Mon 15-Aug-22 19:06:36

We had a property on a river front, even 10 years ago I got SMS flood alerts.

watermeadow Mon 15-Aug-22 19:08:51

Will it also tell us how to suck eggs?

Blossoming Mon 15-Aug-22 19:20:05

It didn’t mention any egg-based skills in the report Watermeadow, if this is something people feel they need perhaps you could start a petition grin

NfkDumpling Mon 15-Aug-22 19:37:49

Fifteen or so years ago I used to work on reception in an office close to a river and used to regularly get phone alerts about high tides and flood warnings. I assumed the houses nearby had the same alerts.

LtEve Mon 15-Aug-22 20:13:57

They are looking to add terrorist warnings to it so in the event of an attack people know to avoid the area.
I think it's a good idea, I rarely watch or listen to the news so wouldn't get warnings that way. I get work related warnings on my phone via the Everbridge app already so it's just an extension of that.

M0nica Mon 15-Aug-22 21:19:45

We receive flood alerts and are very glad to receive them.

The fact that it is raining hard and has been for some time is no guide to whether or not we may be in danger of flooding. The danger, in our case, comes from the brook that runs close to our home and its headwaters are some distance away and the water that feeds it are the downs up to five miles away from it. So we may be in bright sunshine and receive a flood warning, or have pouring rain and be in no danger of floods at all. Our village flooded very badly in 2007 and again in 2009.

It may be sucking eggs to you, watermeadow, but to us it is the the safety of the inhabitants and houses in our village.

I would be very happy to have warnings of weather events if they were imminent. Our weather is now so variable, that days that are expected to be hot, can suddenly change to extremely hot with little notice. Strong winds change course. Remember 1987?

Jaxjacky Mon 15-Aug-22 21:50:24

I’ve no problem with them at all.

Blossoming Mon 15-Aug-22 21:55:13

Me neither, Jax. We get warnings about storms extreme weather conditions and even things like bird flu. We have to report any dead seabirds we see to DEFRA. In my view any warning is good.

MerylStreep Mon 15-Aug-22 21:56:49

watermeadow

Will it also tell us how to suck eggs?

Brilliant 😂

henetha Mon 15-Aug-22 22:02:05

I think it's a very good idea and makes sense.

cornergran Mon 15-Aug-22 22:03:56

Living in a bungalow next to a river flood warnings are more than useful to us for peace of mind I’m with M0nica, they have their uses, of course we all decide whether to opt in or not.

SueDonim Mon 15-Aug-22 22:06:14

watermeadow

Will it also tell us how to suck eggs?

I’m afraid my skills in clairvoyance are not very well developed so, where I live, it would be rather useful at times to know when, for example, a foot of snow is about to be dumped on us just as the school day ends, so we can ensure our children/GC are able to brought home safely.

Baggytrazzas Mon 15-Aug-22 22:58:37

LtEve

They are looking to add terrorist warnings to it so in the event of an attack people know to avoid the area.
I think it's a good idea, I rarely watch or listen to the news so wouldn't get warnings that way. I get work related warnings on my phone via the Everbridge app already so it's just an extension of that.

HI, I'm just wondering - how would we know if these are genuine or disruptive hoaxes?

Redhead56 Tue 16-Aug-22 00:13:02

Forewarned is forearmed it's beneficial especially if living in a flood risk area. Equally living in an area vulnerable to wild fires alerts can only be a good thing.

LtEve Tue 16-Aug-22 06:39:07

You can always double check on www.gov.uk/alerts where all the alerts will be listed if you are at all concerned an alert may not be genuine.

argymargy Tue 16-Aug-22 07:18:08

Given the amount of scam texts I receive (including ones that appear to come from the same number as the genuine NHS service), I wonder how secure these will be? I know it’s only information but people could be fooled into clicking through to something nasty…

LtEve Tue 16-Aug-22 08:06:56

From memory( I am in the area that had the test messages) they don’t come through as ordinary text messages. They also have a distinctive sound alert. As I nearly always have my phone on silent it must be able to bypass that. Could be embarrassing in church but then I guess everyone else’s phones would sound at the same time and I’d rather be aware of the event than not.
It will hopefully mean people will take notice and not put themselves at unnecessary risk.

Cambia Wed 17-Aug-22 12:01:34

Is it going to apply when we have 2cms of snow? I always like to be well prepared!

Ampersand Wed 17-Aug-22 12:04:51

I think its a great idea - just hope its also for fire. My friend in NZ received an alert on her phone at 1am which potentially saved her life as the fire in the village she lived in in the South Island completeley destroyed the majority of homes