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Text message alert system discussed in the US.

TELECOMWORLDWIRE-29 July 2005-Text message alert system discussed in the US(C)1994-2005 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD

The creation of an all-hazards alert system to notify the US public of national emergencies by text message has been discussed by the Senate Subcommittee on Disaster Prevention and Prediction.

An integrated system that would use digital technology to send warnings to the US public is reportedly being considered by the federal government. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is to test a Geo-Targeted Alerting System that can provide specific warnings to individual businesses and homes using reverse 911 technologies.

The current US Emergency Alert System (EAS) enables the nation to be informed of national emergencies, but via radio and television. The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has said that a system to contact the public on their BlackBerries and cell phones is now needed.

The FEMA said that a national system would need to incorporate existing regional systems and technologies and allow the public to opt-in online, though there is not yet an indication of the costs involved for consumers.

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Date:Jul 29, 2005
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