Mobile phones to be used for notification by the Emergency Broadcast System

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of the United States are planning to upgrade the current Emergency Broadcast System by including new ways of notifying people of impending dangers. The current system can only broadcast through free to air TV stations and AM radio. The new means of informing the US population will include mobile phones too. The system will be able to send warning notifications by SMS text messages, as well as allowing notifications through satellite radio stations, cable TV stations, and various websites, and thus reaching many more people. The upgraded system is expected to be introduced in the hurricane affected parts on the Gulf Coast by the end of the year, and in the rest of the country – by the end of next year.

Source: mobileburn

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