I am really not intending to make this blog a running commentary on DC Alerts, but sometimes my hand just gets forced. Though my last post on the issue was a bit tongue in cheek, my first post was leveled a serious criticism: DC Alerts needs to better train its operators about both when to send an alert and what to say in an alert.
A line of thunderstorms rolled through DC this morning, and upon waking I discovered an alert in my inbox. Though the timing and purpose is fine, the content is – shall we say – questionable. (Highlight mine.)
Subect: Alert DC - Severe Weather Watch
NWS issued a Severe Thunder Storm WATCH for the District from 05:55 06/09/09 to 06:45 06/09/09 . Please add_protective_actions_here .
This is just embarrassing. Stupidity like this lessens the impact and usefulness of the system, and threatens the safety of the community. The problem is entirely a human one, and it needs to be fixed.