Are U.S. Emergency Alerts Working on Your iPhone?

The U.S. National Weather service said that it would start sending emergency bulletins directly to people’s phones earlier this year. Looks like the system is working for more people now.

Nwsalert121812This news slipped my attention in June, but iOS 6 included a built-in function to receive warnings from the the weather service or Amber Alerts. I gather from the TUAW post today, that the rollout was rather hampered at first, but seems to be better now:

Well, the system is apparently working with the iPhone 5 at present, as I received the alert you see at right earlier today. The area where I live is currently under a blizzard warning, so I received the message. My wife uses an iPhone 4S on AT&T and did not receive the alert, and Erica Sadun — with the same equipment and network — was also left in the dark. I’m not sure if that’s because they’re on an “older” iPhone model or if AT&T hasn’t initiated the service in the Denver area.

Which I think is awesome for people. While we have a National Weather Service in Canada, we don’t have this function on our phones.

Have you been receiving these bulletins on your iPhones or did it just start all of a sudden for you as well?

Quote and image via: TUAW

Well, the system is apparently working with the iPhone 5 at present, as I received the alert you see at right earlier today. The area where I live is currently under a blizzard warning, so I received the message. My wife uses an iPhone 4S on AT&T and did not receive the alert, and Erica Sadun — with the same equipment and network — was also left in the dark. I’m not sure if that’s because they’re on an “older” iPhone model or if AT&T hasn’t initiated the service in the Denver area.

  • Rye

    I own a iPhone 5 on the att network and I lived dead center where the eye of hurrican sandy went through not a single alert.

  • pat

    i got an alert during sandy stating that i was in a flood zone. Living in nyc

  • Anthony

    I got alerts on my Sprint 4S back in the iOS 6 Beta, but now I can’t recall ever seeing it after I upgraded to 6.0 or 6.0.1, I am also in the Charlotte, NC area

  • http://www.facebook.com/edmundo.vasquez.5 Edmundo Vasquez

    Amber Alert received for a lookout vehicle with license plates included. Live in Texas.

  • wolverinemarky

    is this automatically activated or do i need to do something to get this going? I have an iPhone 5 on AT&T

  • AFds

    Sprint, Texas, iPhone 4S, Amber Alert similar to Edmundo

  • Jake

    I live in Denver and I have an iPhone 5 on AT&T and I didn’t get an alert…

  • G

    Only on sprint and Verizon AT&T is not working yet

  • jimjamurface

    Works on my galaxy note 2. Just like a tv.

  • ronjon400

    Yes they are working here in central Florida. Got 3 messages a few weeks back when the tornado hit edgewater, Florida. (Ip5 verizon)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jhirbour John Hirbour

    This seems to be a “by provider” thing… AT&T doesn’t have it… VRZ does.. not sure about SPT.