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To promote national security, the Federal Emergency Management Administration and the FCC co-manage the Emergency Alert System in the United States. This nationwide test of the Alert System is the first step toward a more modern emergency system in the United States. The FCC is also working on developing both the Commercial Mobile Alert System and the Personalized Local Alert Network, both of which are systems that would use cellular and wireless networks to deliver alerts to specific geographical areas via cell phones and electronic communication devices. All cell phone carriers are required to update their hardware and software to accept these alerts by mid-2012. Article resource: National Emergency Alert System test planned for Nov. 9

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