FEMA developing national SMS text message alert system for US

FEMA working on national alert systemWhat 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.

[Via: RCRNews]

  • Ano N. Mous

    Just as an FYI, this article has many facts confused. FEMA has not promised to deliver text message alerts by 2009. They took on the role of the operator of the system, but it will not be ready for a couple years.
    Also, although the alerts may temporarily be SMS, the future technology will likely be cellular broadcast. And the FCC is not the party to develop the system. It is a public-private partnership between DHS and, through the FCC, the carriers.

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