How to Disable Emergency Notifications on iPhone After New York Flood Warnings

When the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a flash flood warning was for New Jersey, Connecticut and the Greater New York City region due to heavy rainfall Monday, iPhone users were bombarded with government-issued alerts.

AMBER and other emergency alerts serve a significant purpose in alerting affected persons to a potential crisis, the weather notification arrives with a blaring noise. "By default, Government Alerts are turned on for your device," the Apple Support website reads. "When you receive a government alert, you hear a special sound that's similar to an alarm."

For anyone who doesn't want the alert, it can be disabled by going to the iPhone's settings. Click on the notifications tab and scroll to the bottom of the screen. Users should see a section titled: "Government Alerts." Under this, the iPhone users can opt out of receiving AMBER alerts and emergency alerts by toggling the buttons off. 

Apple Watch can receive the same alerts if an iPhone user has them turned on and the mobile is nearby, or the device is connected to Wi-Fi. 

Android users get the name notifications, too. The alerts can be turned off by changing the phone's settings, according to AndroidCentral.com.

While the alerts are annoying, they're noisy on purpose. "Alerts received at the right time can help keep you safe during an emergency," the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) website reads. "With Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), warnings can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm's way, without the need to download an app or subscribe to a service."

iPhone apps iPhone users can disable all AMBER alerts and government alerts in the device's settings. Here, the settings app can be seen on an iPhone in London on December 18, 2017. Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images