Emergency Alerts Coming To Phones
Jul 12, 2006, 12:56 PM by (staff)
FEMA today will demonstrate an advanced Emergency Broadcast System that will send alerts to mobile phones and websites as well as the traditional TV and radio broadcasts. During an emergency, the system will not only notify local broadcast stations, but can now notify satellite radio and tv networks, websites and wireless carriers. The system sends a message to carriers which they will then forward to subscribers in the area warning them there is an emergency and advising them to seek more information from a tv or radio station. The system has been tested since 2004 in Washington and is now running on 23 public broadcasting stations around the US. The Department of Homeland Security expects the system to be fully operational across the country by the end of next year, with a priority getting it running inGulf states this year. There is no word on if the system will eventually be able to send out information and instructions to cell phones instead of just an warning to tune into a broadcast.
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