How to turn off or at least mute those horrible severe weather alerts?

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How to turn off or at least mute those horrible severe weather alerts?

There has to be a way to turn these things off!

 

Tonight I've run into both of the fundamental flaws in this system.  Earlier tonight, I saw an alert pop up and I scrambled for the remote knowing that if I didn't exit it fast I was going to have some upset dogs and got blasted with the way out of proportion alert tone.  I never even got to read the alert, because I was so focused on exiting it quickly.  

 

Then a few minutes ago, as I was drifting off to sleep with the TV on sleep timer, I got blasted awake by a Flash Flood alert that kept getting louder and louder until I finally founf the remote and made it stop.

 

Somebody please tell me how to turn these off.  They are utterly pointless and far more trouble than they are worth. 

Thanks

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Re: How to turn off or at least mute those horrible severe weather alerts?

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National Weather messages are feeds to radio,local broadcasts, and cable to provide important instructions for those in a specific area.
There is no way to disable the alert unless you either have your tv volume to zero, or the television's uverse box is turned off.

Perhaps may be better at night to watch a dvd, dvr, or vhs show with sleep timer,just a thought...

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Re: How to turn off or at least mute those horrible severe weather alerts?

So, AT&T's answer is that "Our service isn't very good, so you should watch something better like VHS?" LOL

My local radio stations and local TV stations are not breaking in with these alerts, just Uverse. And sharing more flash flooding warnings all night when I know it's raining hard is not sharing particularly important instructions. Uverse really needs a way to opt out of this. It's incredibly annoying.
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They are broadcast for a reason......To save life and property.  They may be annoying to you but quite beneficial to others.  What if there was a tornado in your area and you didn't get the warning because you "opted out" and your house was destroyed, and/or worse, you experienced loss of life to one of your family members?  Then what?  You would wish that you had received the warning, right?

 

I don't know who decides when or what to display on the warnings but if I had to guess it would be someone like the National Weather Service, or your City/Local Government.  I'm sure it's not AT&T that makes the decision when and what to warn you about.

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Re: How to turn off or at least mute those horrible severe weather alerts?

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If there WAS a tornado in the area, I would hope local news would interrupt a few minutes (or longer) before the tornado would be a real threat. In my area, the local news outs a graphic in the corner of the screen for a mild situation. If it's a bit more serious, they'll run a crawl across the screen. If it's a tornado watch, then they break in until there's no more tornado threat in the area.

 

There is ABSOLUTELY NO NEED FOR THE SIREN TO BE SO %&--#;(#%+ LOUD!!!!!!! (Screaming to be heard over the blare.)

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The local alert from a station would be expected IF you were watching a loacl station.  What if you were watching HBO as an example, or any other channel such as Discovery?  Therefore the reason for the AT&T alert.

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baseballisback wrote:

 

If there WAS a tornado in the area, I would hope local news would interrupt a few minutes (or longer) before the tornado would be a real threat. In my area, the local news outs a graphic in the corner of the screen for a mild situation. If it's a bit more serious, they'll run a crawl across the screen. If it's a tornado watch, then they break in until there's no more tornado threat in the area.

 

There is ABSOLUTELY NO NEED FOR THE SIREN TO BE SO %&--#;(#%+ LOUD!!!!!!! (Screaming to be heard over the blare.)


As BeeBeeSA mention, what you describe only works if you are watching a local station.  Not everyone only watches local stations.  The EAS alerts appear regardless of the station being watched.  They are even received if you are watching a recorded program or an On Demand Program.

 

By the way, if you simply press OK on your remote, when the alert appears, the sound will be muted.

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By the way, the EAS alerts are government mandated:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergency_Alert_System#Station_requirements

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There seems to be some confusion here. I am not asking that the alerts be removed for those who want them. I don't think anybody is. <br><br>I came here asking for one thing: how do I personally turn them off? The EAS mandates only require that Presidential notifications go to everybody. All other alert types can be opted out of. So, just like I can on my AT&amp;T cell phone, I'd like to opt out, please. <br><br>However, if it is the will of this forum that I not be allowed to opt out and that I darn well learn why I should to love them and how they save my life and property, then I'll go into more detailed criticism of the implementation. <br><br>1) it's ridiculously loud. There's absolutely no justification for it. My attention can be channeled with far less volume or at least far less duration. They should "tone" it down. <br><br>2) it's ridiculously intrusive. As posters have noted, local broadcasters with the same responsibility manage this with a bug or crawl, instead of modal messages that hijack the tv until responded to. <br><br>3) it's overly sensitive. I don't need to drop everything every time a low-level alert is issued or extended. Flash flood alerts aren't particularly valuable sitting at home watching TV, and they are even less valuable every 5-10 minutes as the watch/warning is slightly modified. Same for thunderstorms (yeah, the sky gave me its own alert tone--I'm all caught up). <br><br>4) it's still not 100% effective. For all the hand-wringing above over "What if you're not watching local TV when the life-saving missive from heaven sounds its clarion call???", I have to ask What if you're watching a DVD or (:snickerSmiley Happy VHS? Or shocking as it may be, what if you're reading a book with the TV off? Shouldn't I be screamed at from the rooftops on those situations too, or do people who read simply deserve to die? Lol. If they really wanted to get the word out, they'd sound an alert from the box whether the TV was on or not. I'd support that... On an opt-in basis. <br><br>If these were done better, then I'd probably stay opted in, so by all means, fix the problems, but start with allowing opt-outs as allowed by the law.
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You do not have the choice to opt out.

 

It is what it is.

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No, the Emergency Alert System (EAS) contains no option for consumers to opt out of receiving the alerts from their TV provider.  The opt out option that you are referring to, applies to alerts sent to your cell phone as a result of the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS).  Thus, you can option out of certain alerts being sent by your mobile phone provider.  So you are talking apples and oranges.
Take your concerns up with your Congressman.  The members of this forum, cannot resolve your problem.
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baseballisback wrote:

If there WAS a tornado in the area, I would hope local news would interrupt a few minutes (or longer) before the tornado would be a real threat. In my area, the local news outs a graphic in the corner of the screen for a mild situation. If it's a bit more serious, they'll run a crawl across the screen. If it's a tornado watch, then they break in until there's no more tornado threat in the area.

 

There is ABSOLUTELY NO NEED FOR THE SIREN TO BE SO %&--#;(#%+ LOUD!!!!!!! (Screaming to be heard over the blare.)


If you are not watching a local station, then it's not going to "interupt" your service. Those alerts are loud for a reason. They are the same on Dish and Direct. 

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ACE - Master

Re: How to turn off or at least mute those horrible severe weather alerts?


robb0995 wrote:
So, AT&T's answer is that "Our service isn't very good, so you should watch something better like VHS?" LOL

My local radio stations and local TV stations are not breaking in with these alerts, just Uverse. And sharing more flash flooding warnings all night when I know it's raining hard is not sharing particularly important instructions. Uverse really needs a way to opt out of this. It's incredibly annoying.

They are required too.  One or two (okay maybe three) people complaining about having to press the OK button to silence the alert is less worrysome to AT&T than the possible huge fines and liability issues if they should fail to transmit a warning and someone should get hurt or worse.  My first reaction to your post was really?

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This is really annoying, especially since on my (non-AT&T) cell phone, I can go to settings and "opt out" of amber alerts and/or weather alerts. There should be an option in the uverse receiver...especially for those of us who have enough sense to look out the window and see when a storm is coming!!
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tjperez wrote:
This is really annoying, especially since on my (non-AT&T) cell phone, I can go to settings and "opt out" of amber alerts and/or weather alerts. There should be an option in the uverse receiver...especially for those of us who have enough sense to look out the window and see when a storm is coming!!

Again, please feel free to take that up with your Congressmen, to change the law.  I do not like living in a "Nanny State" either but some people are not too bright, not too educated, and folks with the "can't happen to me" mentality about severe weather, so the Government has to have that approach,

 

So now we are up to two, count 'em two,  folks who hate, just absolutely hate to press the okay button to silence a required alert.  There are most likely a few million, who see it differently.  You know, there is a way of opting ouit: Anytime severe weather is predicted for your area, please leave the U-Verse TV system off and turn off all radios.  Install ear plugs so that you won't have to hear the tornado sirens, since you mentioned that you have the ability to look out the window and tell which storm is going to be severe.

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