Emergency Alerts – a UTB ‘How To’

Well I’ve had the KEYone for a month or so and I’m still getting used to the various settings. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t discover a new setting by coming across a post or simply drilling down in the Settings menu.

Since I’m not an Enterprise user I do not have access to the brilliant AtHoc crisis management system. So how did emergency alerts suddenly grab my attention? Living in the southwestern US we’re subject to an annual summer weather pattern known as ‘monsoon season‘. This exhibits itself every afternoon starting in mid-July through late August with increased humidity, appearance of afternoon Cumulus thunderhead clouds, followed by strong winds and a brief torrential downpour. These monsoons can be preceeded by a ‘haboob‘ or dust storm. Haboobs can be so severe as to result in traffic deaths as highway visibility is reduced to zero very quickly resulting in high speed rear-end collisions.

I was enjoying an nice dinner with my 93 year-old mom when my KEYone started to vibrate, beep, and provide a verbal warning of a dust storm.


To access your emergency alerts settings simply go to your Settings menu, scroll down and select Sound, then scroll down again until you find Emergency broadcasts. Here is where you can customize your Settings. There are also #2 developer options if you have that activated. For those of us who live in the US we do not have the option of turning off Presidential Alerts (in all honesty I’m not sure what those are and I’d rather not find out).

This entire post was done entirely on a BlackBerry KEYone!

Just another reason-



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  • anthogag

    I get weather warnings in my Passport Hub from an app. It is a great smartphone feature.

    • Robert Friedman

      It’s more than weather, it’s earthquake, tsunami and other biblical-like events. I’m pretty sure BB10 has a built-in emergency alert system.

  • NoseyNick

    I’ve had this feature on various BlackBerrys for years, and enabled all the options, but NEVER had a single actual alert. Are they US-only, or am I just lucky enough to have lived in various parts of the world, all free of anything worth warning about?