Filed under: | Apple
Jun 15 2013, 7:50am CDT | by Sumayah Aamir
AT&T is featuring an emergency alert system on the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S. This has been made possible thanks to its new software which it recently upgraded. A series of governmental precautions and alarms on troublesome issues that may arise ranging from natural disasters to terrorist threats will get beeped to every consumer within the precincts. The FCC was partially responsible for beginning these Wireless Emergency Alerts. It accomplished this goal with a little help from FEMA and CTIA. The text-based alerts had begun appearing on the designated mobile phones since April of 2012.
The alerts can be divided into a triple set of categories: Messages from the President of the United States of America; Impending Disaster Messages which deal with earthquakes, tornadoes and dangerous man-made hazards; and last but not least, AMBER Alerts which deal with the search and rescue mission for kidnapped children. Verizon and Sprint iPhone users already have such a service which goes by the name of “Government Alerts”. But this is the first time AT&T is featuring this very useful and helpful facility.
The new wireless emergency alert system which was put into action by AT&T is there because it was required by the law. America is currently facing a lot of stiff competition from certain quarters which have all the potential of insurrection not to mention mischief-making. While the roots of the matter lie in the 9/11 terrorist attacks there has been a repeat performance of this troublesome nuisance in the form of the Boston Marathon Bombing. Besides this the hurricanes and tornadoes as well as common crimes that occur on a daily or monthly basis have to be faced or stopped. To be forewarned is to be forearmed.
Therefore under the aegis of President Obama this program along with several others such as the NSA surveillance scheme have been initiated in a bid to stem the negative influences (human or non-human). The whole campaign is location-oriented and will hopefully serve the whole of America well. If a person by merely getting a text message on his or her mobile can escape a storm or detect a lost kid that will be enough to save the day. Lives won’t be lost and the smiles will return to the faces of sad and tearful parents. Two cheers for AT&T as well as the Government of the United States!
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