The Truth About CMAS: Benefits and Limitations

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Executive Summary

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), working in cooperation with the telecommunications industry, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and other governmental and non-governmental organizations, is putting the final touches on CMAS (Commercial Mobile Alert System), its next-generation emergency notification system. CMAS will enable federal, state, territorial, tribal and local government officials to send 90-character, geographically-targeted text alerts to the public, warning of imminent threats to life and property. CMAS is also known as "Wireless Emergency Alerts" or "Personal Localized Alerting Network" (PLAN).

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