Thursday, April 10, 2008

Government is Hip with the Kids and their Texting

OMG, this story is ROFLMAO funny. Ok, maybe not, but I think it's a pretty good idea nonetheless.

The FCC just approved a plan to send nationwide emergency text message alerts. Cell phone providers will have the choice to opt in the service, which I'm sure most will do. You think it will add an additional fee similar to 911 tax?

According to CNN, the text messages will send out information concerning:

  • A disaster that could jeopardize the health and safety of Americans, such as a terrorist attack; these would trigger a national alert from the president of the United States
  • Imminent or ongoing threats such as hurricanes, tornadoes or earthquakes
  • Child abductions or Amber alerts.
  • Wait a minute, earthquakes?! Tornadoes, hurricanes, sure.... What good is a text message going to do you when your house is shaking and you're diving under the kitchen table?

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