Wireless Emergency Alerts
IV Cellular today announced the introduction of “Wireless Emergency Alerts,” a system that allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to deliver warning messages to wireless carriers. IVC customers will be among the first to receive the service beginning Thursday, April 5, 2012. Wireless Emergency Alerts provide users a tool to learn of impending danger threatening their current location. Alerts could include severe weather and other threats to personal safety, or Amber alerts informing potential witnesses of recently missing or abducted children in the immediate area.
FEMA is responsible for aggregating all alerts and broadcasting them to wireless carriers, such a IV Cellular. Alerts will then be delivered to select subscribers within the geo-targeted area specified by the alert. The service is the result of the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS), a national program established by the FCC in response to the Warning, Alert and Response Act passed in 2006.