What kind of nationwide emergency alert system can Americans rely on in times of crisis? Well, if your FEMA, then the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System is just the kind of nationwide SMS text message alert system that you want keeping Americans in the loop during emergencies.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has just announced that it has found that it has the authority to manage the national message aggregator system. The FCC has already laid down the framework for the system, and now it rests on FEMA to develop what they’re calling the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System.
FEMA plans to have message distribution and alerting protocols in the next couple months, and hopes to have the system up and running by the end of 2009.
So, rest easy, folks. We’ll have a more practical national alert system up and running soon – at least a bit more practical than the emergency broadcast system that interrupts our favorite daytime programming every now and again.