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FCC Approves Targeted Emergency Alerts Sought in Wake of Hurricane Harvey

(TNS) - Public safety officials will soon be able to microtarget areas for cell phone alerts during natural disasters after the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday approved changes to the nation’s emergency communications system.

The approved upgrades to the Wireless Emergency Alerts system will allow public safety officials to send alerts to all the cell phones in areas as small as one-tenth of a mile in radius -- or about the size of Minute Maid Park -- once the new rules are adopted by the November 2019 deadline also approved by the FCC.

Previously, alerts could only be sent to all cellphones in a specific county -- a problem that was laid bare by Hurricane Harvey and the historic California wildfires.

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http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/FCC-Approves-Targeted-Emergency-Alerts-Sought-in-Wake-of-Hurricane-Harvey.html