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FCC approves text message emergency alert system

Posted Apr 10, 2008 by Chris V. Thangham
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved a plan today to will team up with wireless carriers for emergency text message alerts.
Emergency alerts sent to Mobiles.
Emergency alerts sent to Mobiles.
Amberalertsafety.com
The FCC has a similar system with TV broadcasters, but this new strategy will help get the news and alerts quickly to the users.
The system is called Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS). The FCC is teaming with mobile providers to allow them to send the following three types of text message alerts.
1.) “Presidential alerts” – for major national emergencies like terrorist attacks
2.) “Imminent threat alerts” – for local emergencies such as hurricanes and tornadoes
3.) “Amber alerts” - for missing children.
Among these three, the Amber alert system has sent messages to mobiles since 2005.
The FCC, however, will also send audio, image and video alerts in the future when mobiles are ready to receive such alerts.
FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said in a statement issued Thursday:
No one questions the value that an effective Commercial Mobile Alert System will have on the safety and welfare of the American public.
The FCC is hoping other mobile carriers will approve of this service. CNN has reported that Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T will likely sign up for this service soon.
Google is also working on a similar project through its charity organization Google.org to send text messages using Twitter or Facebook for disaster awareness and rescue.