RE Philadelphia emergency text messaging system [Telecom]


> Subject: Philadelphia emergency text messaging system [Telecom] > The Phila Inqr reported that the City of Philadelphia and surrounding > suburbs have rolled out a new emergency text messaging system. The > goal is to give more information on what people should do in case of > emergency. > > In the past, sirens were used, but people didn't know if they should > stay inside (e.g. for a chemical plant leak) or evacuate (e.g. for a > hurricane). > > Further, text messaging uses limited bandwidth and will [supposedly] > get through when cell phones aren't working. > > I suppose this is a good idea, but a great many people do not have > cell phones with text messaging (many people who have cell phones have > texting turned off or no idea how to use it). Also, cell phone towers > can be overwhelmed in an emergency or be out of service altogether, > despite their claims that text msgs get through. > > It seems to me the old style radio/TV system was more reaching. In a > severe emergency, every TV and radio station would broadcast a > warning. They still do, sort of. It would be easy for cable systems > to do that on all their distributed channels but they don't want to be > bothered.

As I have noted in previous posts on TD, cable TV systems carry Emergency Alert messages on all channels.

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Neal McLain

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That should definitely be kept up, but what about people who are, at any given moment, not listening to the radio or watching TV?

During most of my waking hours I am not watching TV. Am I neglecting a civic duty? :) :)

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Not on my cable system, they don't.

They never hesitate to interupt something for a local ad for a used car dealer, but anything else, nope.

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The government will send someone along shortly to reconnect your telescreen. --scott -- "C'est un Nagra. C'est suisse, et tres, tres precis."

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Scott Dorsey

I've been hesitating to comment on this because I was not sure, but as luck would have it my cable company ran a EAS test last night during prime time and I was able to switch channels to verify that major local broadcasters and cable channels alike were being interrupted during the test.

I had thought that cable operators were required to put EAS alerts on *all* channels. My local cable operator (Comcast) certainly does it that way.

Bill Ranck Blacksburg, Va.

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