Wednesday night’s Amber Alert was a fiasco – for television viewers, at least.
First it came on, but didn’t give any information, just saying that an Amber Alert had been issued. Then it came on again, giving information about a missing Marysville boy and the two adults he was believed to be with.
Fine. Not much I can do about it sitting in my Lakewood living room, but I get why these alerts are important.
A few minutes later, however, the alert comes back on – but the announcement is covered up by static. It goes on and on – unintelligibly. Then it turns into a weather report, which has nothing to do with the Amber Alert.
If authorities want the public to be responsive to these alerts – or at least not resent something that completely takes over their TV sets – then at least they need to figure out how to do them competently. I wish there was a way to opt out of them when you realize there’s nothing you can do to help, but that’s not possible.