State EMA completes set-up of radio alert system
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Womack recently announced that MEMA has completed the expansion of their statewide ALERT FM implementation.
ALERT FM is an FM radio- based emergency notification system which allows MEMA to send targeted information to county emergency managers, disabled persons, schools, businesses, and citizens. A grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency was used to fund this project.
This system delivers geo-targeted digital information via the Radio Broadcast Data System–data subcarrier–of FM radio stations, so thousands of recipients can receive emergency information from MEMA in mere seconds. This information can be received on either fixed or mobile ALERT FM receivers today, or on other consumer devices such PDAs, cell phones and other specialized receivers in the future. Types of notifications might include severe weather warnings, homeland security notices, and hurricane evacuation notices and instructions.