On Tuesday, the FCC announced a new alert network which will notify citizens of local emergency situations via mobile phones. The Personal Localized Alerting Network (PLAN) will send text messages to citizens alerting them of natural disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes or floods and even of terrorist threats.
As reported in USA Today, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski explained:
“The traditional alerts on radio and TV are still important, and they will continue, but more and more, mobile devices are becoming essential. You have them with you. In the event of a major disaster, government authorities can get lifesaving information to you quickly.”
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