So I get this god awful noice coming out of my cell phone today (Verizon Android)...
Its the loud annoying warning sound you hear on TV/Radio preceding a Test of the Emergency Broadcast System/Emergency Alert System.
I pull down my alert menu and there is a message “CMAS RMT Alert” and its apparently a test message of CMAS which I had to check on WIKI
The Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS), also known as the Personal Localized Alerting Network (PLAN), is an alerting network designed to disseminate emergency alerts to mobile devices such as cell phones and pagers. The Federal Communications Commission proposed and adopted the network structure, operational procedures and technical requirements in 2007 and 2008 in response to the Warning, Alert, and Response Network (WARN) Act passed by Congress in 2006, which allocated $106 million to fund the program. CMAS will allow federal agencies to accept and aggregate alerts from the President of the United States, the National Weather Service (NWS) and emergency operations centers, and send the alerts to participating wireless providers who will distribute the alerts to their customers with compatible devices via a new class of message similar to text messages. The government plans to issue three types of alerts through this system: alerts issued by the President, alerts involving imminent threats to safety of life, and Amber Alerts. The system is a collaborative effort between the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T), the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), although there has been some controversy regarding the willingness of FEMA to participate
OK, I get it….
But I see that one of the proposed uses of the CMAS will be “alerts involving imminent threats to safety of life,”
OK that take care of the background now lets set the scene.
You find yourself in a large crowded public space, perhaps and office building with dozens of cubicles… suddenly the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, a shiver runs down your spine as you here the sound of firecrackers going off down the hall, only you know all too well that they are probably not firecrackers they are more than likely gun shots. Then screams. They are getting louder and apparently headed you way.
You look for an exit, don’t see one, you look for a hiding place there is a dark corner with a cubicle and boxes of files, you wiggle your way past the boxes and hide under the desk. The shots get louder, The screams get closer, you hear foot steps come towards your location then go past, just when you think you are safe, you hear this incredibly loud annoying sound and its coming from YOUR CELL PHONE (Bang, Bang You’re dead).
I’m sure its a good idea for tornadoes, Hurricanes, flash floods etc…
But someone please tell me this scenario I have just described is not possible…While this seems like a very attractive idea for anyone not in a Kill Zone, for those inside the Kill Zone….Not So Much.