FEMA and the FCC today announced
the adoption of design specifications for an interface that will enable wireless carriers to provide emergency notifications through cell phones and other mobile devices. As discussed in our previous post
, CMAS will allow Federal, state, and local governments the ability to send geographically-targeted text messages of up to 90 characters to citizens for Presidential alerts, imminent threats to life and property, and Amber Alerts. Participation by the cellular carriers is voluntary, though it appears as if the major players will participate.
Today marks the start of a mandated 28-month period for commercial mobile service providers to develop, test and deploy the system. According to the timeline, mobile alerts will be delivered to the public by 2012.