Alexa adds Severe Weather Alerts (old news Feb 2020)

Sean Donelan sean at
Thu Apr 15 01:24:20 UTC 2021

Ok, I know -- old news.  But I missed it during the whole pandamic thing 
last year.

Since I previously criticized Amazon about this, and FCC is 
requesting comments about Internet Emergency Alerts this month, a 

I found out Amazon Alexa added Severe Weather Alerts last Febuary 2020.

Kudos to Amazon for doing this, despite the Amazon folks saying "no one 
else asks about alerts," everytime I asked about it.  Apple Siri and 
Google Home, how are you doing alerts????

Now I have to change the Alexa example in my submission to the FCC :-)

Alexa's Monthly Roundup: February:
"Alexa can now proactively notify you when there’s severe weather. Simply 
say “Alexa, tell me when there’s a severe weather alert” and Alexa will 
notify you when there is a local severe weather warning."

FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry about Emergency 

Page 25 of NPRM and NOI
A. Feasibility of EAS Participation for Internet-related services
"…complete an inquiry to examine the feasibility of updating the Emergency 
Alert System to enable or improve alerts to consumers provided through the 
internet, including through streaming services."

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