A lot of people are saying the #EmergencyAlert should be able to override a phone's silent mode. I somewhat disagree.
If it could make noise when a phone is in silent, or cause it to vibrate when in do-not-disturb, I would want the alert happen in steps.
First, just display on the screen. If it's not dismissed or acknowledged in some way, then vibrate, and so on.
@levisan sounds like big brother to me
@TurdFerguson a little, yeah. I'm okay with it, assuming I'm understanding how it works correctly. It's just a bulk push notification to all devices that are connected to the cell network (and customized based on where, physically, they are connected), so it's no more big brother than everything they can already do if you're on the network.