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Emergency Text System Crawls Toward Cell Phones, Away From High-Pitched Obsolescence

Two years ago, FEMA and the FCC began working toward an emergency alert system for cell phones. Such services already exist in various municipalities and foreign nations, and now the FCC, FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security have finally initiated the implementation of the U.S.'s own national system. The FCC recently commissioned Alcatel-Lucent to create a Commercial Mobile Alert System...

Protest Groups Converge on Google, Microsoft Sets IE9 Beta Release Date

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Free Press plans to lead an army of allied organizations, including MoveOn.org, Civic Action, ColorofChange.org, Credo Action and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, in a Net neutrality protest today at Google's Mission View, California headquarters. If you just heard a strange sound in Lower Manhattan, that was a huge...

Red Cross Survey: Mixed Opinions on Value of Social Media During Disasters

In anticipation of an Emergency Social Data Summit later this week in Washington, D.C., the Red Cross has released the findings of a survey (PDF link) it conducted on social networking use during a disaster. From the 1,058 self-selected respondents, some interesting figures emerged. Try to follow along as we plow through the data. Of the respondents, 72-percent use social media sites of some...

FEMA-funded 'Disaster Hero' Educates Kids About Disaster Response

Considering the way it comprehensively screwed the pooch during Hurricane Katrina, FEMA probably isn't the first authority most of us would consult about competent disaster response tactics. But the federal agency, determined to make sure that its future iterations don't repeat the blunders of the last one, has decided to reach out to today's youth by funding a disaster-themed, educational video...

Hackers Rack Up $12,000 Bill on Homeland Security Phones

We never miss an opportunity to remind you to secure the devices you rely on at home, things like your wireless Internet connection or your e-mail password. Sometimes, though, we take for granted that government officials are doing the same. That, unfortunately, isn't always the case. At least, it isn't when it comes to FEMA, a part of the Department of Homeland Security, which recently...

FEMA: Don't Worry About National SMS Alert System, We're On IT

The FCC has already given its stamp of approval on a system to modernize the US's ages-old emergency broadcast infrastructure, relying largely on voluntary participation by the nation's wireless carriers to help get the word out to their subscribers in the event of a crisis. Left open, though, was the question of exactly who would be responsible for taking the reigns at the federal level,...

Facebook Trumps Media and Emergency Services During Disasters

There's a disaster somewhere; homes are burning, tornadoes are spinning, a shooter is on the loose, flooding is rampant -- something like that. Where do you turn? Most would click on the local news and sit through the commercials hoping for an update. Others would turn on the radio and wait for an emergency broadcast to tell them what they need to know. More and more people, however, are turning...