Yesterday there was an explosion at a hospital in Bangkok (which is where I'm located), and it didn't come to my attention until a relative in my home country sent me a link to an article in a local online newspaper.
I have some Google Alert's set up and an RSS Feed to my Foreign Ministry's "alert" feed, but those aren't 100% perfect. For instance, the Google Alerts give so many false positives that they're becoming annoying, and the RSS Feed only seems to cover really major events.
Of course, local newspapers in Bangkok have their own RSS Feeds as well, and these will often be the first ones to report on an event as it is happening. But the problem is that the same story is often covered many times, resulting in a lot of unnecessary updates. And filtering out irrelevant events is usually not easy, so you'll just end up with too much information, which is just as bad as no information...
So is there any good way one can get notified of incidents and safety concerns that happen in a particular area, without getting bombarded by too many updates and false positives?