AirTalk for August 13, 2013

Will Amber alerts be silenced by blaring complaints?

A cellphone displays the Amber Alert issued late on August 5, 2013 in Los Angeles, California, which marked the first time officials have notified the public of a statewide Amber Alert through their cellphones.

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A cellphone displays the Amber Alert issued late on August 5, 2013 in Los Angeles, California, which marked the first time officials have notified the public of a statewide Amber Alert through their cellphones.

California State Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) says Amber alerts should be "used sparingly and effectively to earn the public trust." The comments come after worry that folks will opt-out of receiving emergency alerts on their wireless phones.

Last week, the Amber alert sounded loud across California and beyond for missing teenager Hannah Anderson.When a couple of Idaho horseback riders came across a strange pair of hikers -- Hannah and her kidnapper James DiMaggio -- then heard a news report about the alert, they put two and two together. The success story seems clear, but complaints have not been silenced.

Did you decide to opt-out of receiving alerts last week? Did the rescue of Hannah Anderson affect your thinking about Amber alerts? What's the threshold that could lead people to become desensitized to emergency messages?

Guest:

Alex Padilla, California State Senator; Chairman, State Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications

 


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