San Diego testing new cell phone emergency alerts

Soon you may be able to get emergency alerts right on your cell phone. A new text alert system is planned to be tested here in San Diego.

Local phone companies are coordinating with the Office of Emergency Services to participate in the first test of the Commercial Mobile Alert System, or CMAS, a national system which uses new technology to automatically send text messages with emergency information to cell phones.

The 'CMAS system is designed to notify residents by text message in the event of a disaster. With the new system, the county can reach people through their mobile phones and give them the information they need right away.

Once the testing is completed here in San Diego, the system will roll out nationwide. Officials hope to have the CMAS system available to the public in about a year.

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