Like many smartphone owners in the New York area, I abruptly awoke in sheer panic last night around 4 am as a jarring AMBER Alert screeched menacingly from my iPhone. The alarm, which sounded boisterously with the familiar tone of government-issued flash flood warnings, was sent to inform New Yorkers that 7-month old Mario Danner had been kidnapped by his 25-year-old biological mother.
While the alert was sent with helpful intentions, it resulted in many groggy New Yorkers awaking with a mix of confusion, panic and terror. For those looking to avoid such interruptions in the future, follow these quick steps to disable AMBER Alerts on your iPhone.
1. Press the Settings option on your Home screen.
2. Select the Notifications option located underneath the “Do Not Disturb” switch.
3. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the menu to the “Government Alerts” section.
4. Switch AMBER Alerts to Off. You can also disable Emergency Alerts by flipping the switch just underneath AMBER Alerts.