So You Want to Break Up With the NDRRMC

Here's how to consciously uncouple from those panic-inducing text messages

( You either love them or you hate them—those constant alerts from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council sending warnings about heavy rainfall have been the subject of scrutiny since 2017, when people first started wondering why they had to be sent so often, and with such panic-inducing intensity.

The alerts are the result of the Free Mobile Disaster Alerts Act, signed into law in 2014, which requires telecommunications companies to “send free mobile alerts in the event of natural and man-made disasters and calamities.” Fast forward a couple of years, and, well, the alerts are a good or bad thing depending on who you ask.

Feel like you need a break? We break down how to turn off the alerts, or at least downgrade the Purge-like warning sounds on iOS and Android. The process is straightforward for Apple users, but it may differ for Android users depending on what type of phone you use. Be warned: You might just end up feeling a little empty inside once you stop receiving those texts.

For Android users on Huawei

Go to Settings > Sounds & vibration > More sound settings >  Cell broadcasts

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You’ll see different types of emergency alerts that you can toggle on and off. Plus, there are options to enable an alert reminder sound, vibrations, and the all-important "Use full volume" toggle under the Broadcast settings.

For Android users on Samsung

Go to Settings > Notifications > App notifications > Messages

Samsung's a little trickier as the Emergency alerts toggle appears to be locked in most phones. You can check it out under the settings of the Messages app to see what you can do. 

For iOS users:

Go to Settings > Notifications


Scroll to the bottom of “Notifications” and you’ll see “Emergency Alerts.” Switch it off.

Just remember: Like the over-protective significant other who always asks if you've eaten, or if you've made it home safely, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) only means well. Think long and hard before you cut them out of your life for good.

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