Out for a drive the other day when I experienced a sudden alarm at air-raid volume (I exaggerate for comic effect but only slightly). It definitely jolted me big-time, and I pulled over as fast as I could, assuming something was terribly wrong.
It turns out it was my phone picking up an amber public safety alert, this one encouraging people to practice social distancing while walking on the Malibu Pier, about 25 miles away from me.
So, if you have a cell phone that you've told to pass on amber/public safety alert, you might want to be aware that it can go off with a volume very different than your regular phone ring volume level.
So far I haven't found any option on my iPhone 10 to turn it down, only off or on, which is a bit frustrating. I'd rather not have another near heart attack, but I also do want to be aware of any real local emergencies.
Anyone ever dealt with this? Is there a trick that I'm missing?