MANILA, Philippines - As several areas in Luzon and the Visayas brace themselves for Typhoon Tisoy, some have found themselves jolted awake by mobile alerts from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
If you've never received one, the alerts sometimes come as pop-ups on your phone screen along with an alarm and vibrate. According to some Twitter users, here's what the experience is like:
The alerts display helpful information such as storm signals or rainfall warnings.
Some mobile phone users have found these alerts to be alarming and disruptive – after all, they were intended to catch your attention. (READ: How NDRRMC issues its emergency mobile warnings)
Some were just grateful that anyone was texting them at all.
Ultimately, these alerts are to keep everyone safe and informed. Other Twitter users appreciated the efforts and see the minor inconvenience a "mini-heart attack" causes to be a small price to pay for safety and awareness.
Here's what others had to say:
TisoyPH NDRRMC Alerts - Curated tweets by rapplerdotcom
The Philippines is a hazard-prone country, facing an average of 20 typhoons a year. These alerts are just one aspect of awareness and preparedness. Watch this video for other ways you can prepare for disasters. Stay safe and dry! —Rappler.com