Senate passes READI Act -- an emergency alert bill

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The US Senate unanimously passed the Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement (READI) Act. The bipartisan legislation will ensure more people receive relevant emergency alerts on their mobile phones, televisions, and radios, explore new ways of alerting the public through online video and audio streaming services, track and study false alerts when they occur, and improve the way states plan for emergency alerts. “When a missile alert went out across Hawai‘i in January, some people never got the message on their phones, while others missed it on their TVs and radios. Even though it was a false alarm, the missile alert highlighted real ways we can improve the way people receive emergency alerts,” said bill sponsor Sen Schatz (D-HI). “Our bill fixes some of these issues and will help make sure that in an emergency, the public gets the right information they need as quickly as possible.”

Senate passes READI Act -- an emergency alert bill Senate Passes Emergency Alert Bill (B&C)