Firefighters going door-to-door to advise residents of the issue and calls to landlines with the same message were successfully delivered, but a text message sent through the Emergency Alert System has come under criticism. The alerts are sent via the Wireless Emergency Alert system, developed by the FCC and FEMA and implemented starting in April 2012.
According to Mike Wolfe, the director of the Monongalia County Office of Emergency Management and Mecca 911, this particular text alert system had never before been used in the state. UTSA has an advanced emergency notification system to send alerts via text or voice and email to students faculty and staff.  The system is managed by the UTSA Office of Emergency Management. Once registered, individuals will be active participants in the UTSA Alerts System, and will receive a call or text message, and an email in the event of a campus emergency.
If problems occur during registration on ASAP, please call the UTSA Office of Emergency Management at (210) 458-6851. Campus Alerts is the UTSA emergency website developed to keep students, faculty, staff and the general public informed during emergency situations.


This website is maintained by the Office of Business Continuity and Emergency Management and by University Communications. A federal provision, ordered by President Barack Obama, requires the Emergency Alert System to utilize text alerts to warn residents of a crisis or dangerous situation. Reactions on social networks and in the newsroom where I'm sitting right now suggest the alert's most immediate effect was to make those who got it wonder why they did and those who didn't get it wonder why they didn't. As ABC News explained in November, when Sandy spurred a similar (if seemingly more justified) emergency bulletin, the discrepancy is merely a matter of which phones have been outfitted by their carriers to display the alerts. This message will give pertinent emergency information and protective actions to participants. Wolfe said the Mecca 911 office was immediately aware of the inaccurate, repeated text messages but was at the mercy of the state agencies that issued the messages. Another glitch involved people from far away, some as far away as Fairmont, receiving the same texts, when this incident obviously did not involve them at all.


If you live along the Northeastern Seaboard, there's a good chance your mobile phone buzzed or beeped Thursday afternoon with a text alert like the one shown at left. The alerts seem like a great idea in theory, although today's message wasn't exactly overflowing with actionable intel.
BRITONS could be warned about impending disaster by text message if upcoming trials are successful.
The Government has announced plans to test the system in Glasgow city centre, Easingwold, in North Yorkshire, and Leiston, in Suffolk.The system, which will begin later this month, would allow messages to be sent to mobile phones in the case of emergencies such as natural disasters, terror attacks or large-scale accidents. That’s in addition to the alerts many are accustomed to seeing on television and hearing on the radio.



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