Posted: 2012/4/7 14:31 Updated: 2012/4/7 14:31
Guest Columnist (Verified User)
From: Lewisville, TX
Re: Links, Notes, and Cartoons for Saturday Morning
Since this is an open thread, I have a couple of words on Lewisville's new emergency alert system:
Normally, I think the city staff does a great job with this kind of thing. Some of this stuff is just out of their control, but this just isn't a good system.
In the first place, a lot of the communications from the city tell people to go to cityoflewisville.com to sign up. That's not very helpful, considering one then has to find it on the page, then open the blog entry, then click on the image, which takes them to a new tab. From there, you have to enter your email and create a new password, and then enter your phone number and name on the next page.
By default, doing this signs you up for non-emergency notifications from the city, but not for weather alerts, which one would consider to be one of the most important functions of this kind of system. To opt-out of non-emergency notifications and opt-in to weather alerts, you have to check both boxes, then scroll to the bottom and accept the terms and conditions, and click "Save Changes".
If the city expects everybody to do this, they're out of their minds. At the very least, non-emergency alerts should be turned off by default since there is absolutely no indication that's what you're signing up for and National Weather Service alerts should be turned on since that's what most people think of when they hear "emergency alerts".
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