October 15, 2010
Contact: Aaron Hunter 202-225-2040
Congresswoman Susan Davis and Supervisor Cox Demonstrate New Text Message Alert System
San Diego – Congresswoman Susan Davis was joined by Supervisor Greg Cox today in announcing the roll out of a test program to send emergency notifications to cell phones in San Diego County.
In the wake of recent wildfires, Davis had been urging the county and federal government to use the county as a testing spot for a Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS). The CMAS would allow the county to send evacuation notices and other important safety information directly to mobile devices with the CMAS software and technology.
“We have been pursuing access to cell broadcasting for a long time, and we are finally here,” said Davis. “We have become a society that can be practically reached at anytime and anywhere. Why not put that capability to use to warn people of an impending emergency or crisis? Cell broadcasting will give people instant access to potentially life saving information.”
Davis pushed the Federal Emergency Management Agency to collaborate with San Diego County on this initiative.
The county will conduct a three week test using about 100 cell phones throughout the county. A message will be targeted to cell phones containing CMAS technology in a specific area and will attempt to reach every CMAS mobile device in that area.
This is the next evolutionary step in the currently used AlertSanDiego, which can reach landlines and registered cell phones.