The hurricane and fire season this year strongly show the need for a reliable disaster alert/alarm system. Particularly with the wine country fires, where dozens of people are missing, it demands the genius of America to develop a system that really works.
In over a year and half, I received one cell phone Amber Alert with no audio. I bet there were more. There are alerts broadcast on the radio that start with an annoying squawk and a test message followed by more squawking. Useless!
Programmable road signs announce problems; which is good for those on the road. There are very few people who do not have access to a cell phone or computer. We need an app for phones and computers that will override the mute button and give us an alert and wake-up signal plus the message describing the threat. An additional plus would turn the thing on for those thrifty folks trying to their batteries by powering down.
Bill Wood, Oakdale