Text Emergency Alerts Should be Available by mid-2012

Heather says:

I’m excited for this, we don’t watch broadcast tv and we’re bad about leaving the emergency radio on.

Cell Phone Users to Receive Text Alerts About National, Local Emergencies | News & Opinion | PCMag.com.

What do you think, are you interested in the development of the text message emergency alert system? (Think of it like the reverse 911 system.) I almost always have my phone at least nearby and I know I’m not alone in that crowd.

I love Twitter, but I don’t trust it enough to depend on it for Tornado Alerts, although @CharlestonWX is great. Since I follow a great number of people, an alert might get lost in the noise. I could personally use  PUSH to have certain alerts through IM. I know what I use isn’t 100% reliable and most people aren’t willing to fiddle with it.

What are your thoughts?

 



3 Comments

  1. kim on May 10, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    heather:
    i think it could be a great feature, however…i have read that they will be mandatory in all new phones (the smart phones so far) and everything can be opted out (so far) except the Presidential alerts. i am such a rebel that i hate the thought that i have to pay for anything i didnt choose that is mandatory. you know what i mean?

    however, i think that it should be available to anyone who would like to add (and pay for) the feature.

    -kim
    ps. LOVE Home-Ec 101. thanks for all your good tips/advice.

    • HeatherSolos on May 10, 2011 at 6:59 pm

      Thank you!

      I use Google Voice for free text messaging as I am not on an unlimited plan, either. Granted my friends have to program in one additional contact for me, but free text messages I can retrieve from my phone OR the web? Awesome.

  2. @carolinadreamz on May 10, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    I got so sick of small craft advisories on our alert system, with alarms scaring the hell out of me, that I don't even know where our emergency alert radio is anymore. I think this is a great idea.
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