This is good and other agencies such as FEMA and Homeland Security will also be enabled and New York is the first place for the trial.  New phones will require users to make a choice on whether or not they want to received alerts but the only one that can’t be blocked is the President.  He’s has had one busy week and add some new technology news in as well.  Nobody needs to sign up as it will be automatic in the phone. Amber alerts will also go out in this fashion, and that’s a good thing too.

PLAN is the name of the emergency alert program.  The rest of the country should be online by the middle of next year.  PLAN stands for Personal Localized Alerting Network.  BD

President Obama, who has been called the texter-in-chief, will soon imagehave the ability to send any cellphone in the U.S. a text-message warning of impending danger, from a tornado to a terrorist, under a new emergency alert system called PLAN.

The new system, which was announced Monday, is an expansion of the Federal Communications Commission's emergency alert system, which is currently broadcast over radio and television.

PLAN, which is short for Personal Localized Alerting Network, will first be rolled out in New York City by the end of 2011, with the rest of the U.S. to follow in about the middle of next year, the FCC said in a statement.

President Obama could send text-message warnings under new PLAN system | Technology | Los Angeles Times


  1. The real test for this idea is to make it an option and see how many people are willing to pay for this great idea. I think it is a waste of resources and overall a corny idea.


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