Late last night, when walking home with friends, I learned about a technology that is either really useful or too much information: My Alert DC. Apparently you can get text message updates from the DC Metropolitan Police alerting you to emergencies and crimes in the neighborhood of your choice. When a crime occurs, for example, you get a text which reads like a police blotter, essentially, alerting you to the nature of the crime, the profile of the perpetrator and of the victim. My friend noted that he gets 2-3 every day, and since he had received none yesterday, something was “due to happen,” statistically. And indeed, not ten minutes after we got to our respective homes, he forwarded me a message.
Besides crime alerts, which are useful pretty much only when something is on-going and otherwise serve to make you more anxious than normal, you can get severe weather warnings, government closings, Amber Alerts and school closings. All of this is tailored to what you want and your chosen neighborhood or school area. I signed up out of sheer blogger-ly nosiness and curiosity, but I’m curious as to what others think.