National emergency alert system set to launch

(AP) - A national system that will send emergencyalerts to cell phones is set to begin in New YorkCity by the end of the year.The

THE BRONX - (AP) - A national system that will send emergencyalerts to cell phones is set to begin in New YorkCity by the end of the year.

The Federal Communications Commission and Federal EmergencyManagement Agency said Monday the system will warn people aboutterrorist attacks, natural disasters or other emergencies.

Starting next year all new cell phones will be required to havea chip that receives the alerts. Some smart phones already have thetechnology. People can opt out of certain alerts, like the amberalerts for missing children.

The alert system will send the emergency messages even if othercell phone voice or text services aren't working. It is expected tobe in place in cities across the country by the end of next year.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Videos from inside the halls and classrooms of 1 Videos capture violent fights inside M.S. 232
Witnesses say someone tried to snatch a baby 2 Witness: Suspect attempts to abduct baby from stroller
Bronx driving school offers free program for illiterate 3 Bronx driving school offers free program for illiterate students
A Mass was hosted at St. Barnabas Church 4 Group honors fallen indigent veterans
Testimony continued Friday in the departmental trial of 5 NYPD officer who shot, killed BX teen testifies in department trial

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE