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Keeping up with the times.
I am in broadcasting. What this is all about is the newest form of EAS. Emergency Alert System...Yes that annoying thing that your radio and TV stations have put out. The main part of the system is to let the president talk to as many citizens as possible if the country is being attacked or the world is ending. So broadcasters didn't just install equipment that they might not use except once, and to make sure it would work when needed, state, local and the weather service were allowed to send out local warnings..ie the flood warnings. Since people are moving away from radio and TV more and more, the new form added the cell phones as receivers. In broadcasting, we can select what types of warning we get and for what local areas we want. To meet the required deadlines, obviously the phone providers and makers just turned it on. As with broadcasting equipment, software updates will probably fix the general nature problem. Ask anyone from Florida or Joplin, Mo would they turn it all off.