I will admit up front that I’m not well versed on the top of mobile alerts to emergency situations, so what little I’m sharing here is only my morning’s knowledge. I also admit that my thoughts to simply remove something from my life for personal reason has actually led me down the path of discovery.
This morning I was thinking about why I still have a standard terrestrial radio in my car. I don’t use it that much for listening to music. My musical discoveries come from iTunes, Pandora radio, and the like. The only other need for my radio would be for EAS alerts (Emergency Alert System). I’m becoming, like many people, more and more dependent on my mobile device to do what I need. So, I thought to myself that if I could get mobile alerts for my local county and surrounding areas to my phone via SMS, I could actually get rid of my standard radio since I would have no other need for it.
Coincidentally, I happened to see this tweet this morning about CapitalAlert.gov which intrigued me further:
However, my county alerts were not on this site. So I did wrote my county’s 911/Safety office and put in a plea for them to get tied into this system, push alerts out via SMS, email, and services like Twitter. Then I began searching for alerts via mobile phones and read more about AMBER Alerts, and something called Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS). From what I understand the CMAS is supposed to automatically push out AMBER alerts, weather alerts, and Presidential alerts via your cell provider…with and opt-out option. I’m not I’ve ever seen this in action yet and I’m very curious as to why and when it will actually happen.
Bottom line here is that in an ever-increasing mobile society, it’s extremely important that local, state, and federal alerting systems have the ability to distribute via SMS, email, RSS, Twitter, etc. I definitely see my personal use of standard radio going away and therefore I’ll never hear those “this is a test of the Emergency Alert System” commercials. It would also be wise for government to partner with companies, like Pandora radio, to push out those alerts (controllable with settings) through the Pandora stream when applicable.
Just some thoughts. And please note these thoughts are my own, not of my employer, and are not endorsed by and government organization.