THE "NOT-SO" NEWS/JBLA: Cell Phones May Save Lives

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Cell Phones May Save Lives

Natural disasters strike at any time and many people have no way of knowing what's going on, how bad it is and whether or not they will feel the impact of it.

Unless you are sitting in front of a television or listening to the radio, you may be out of the loop, but technology experts are now working feverishly to bring the cell phone emergency alert system to life.

The technology has been around for nearly a decade, according to reports, but was never implemented because it would have required a large financial investment on the part of cellular manufacturers.

Since land lines are becoming more and more obsolete and natural disasters are becoming more frequent, government officials say the time has come to use some of the excessive cellular overcharges to finance the endevor to save lives.

Messages will be sent directly to cell phone users telling them what is going on and what they should do to get out of harms way. For those not familiar with how these look on screen, the following is an example of what to expect.

You will see this message if there is still time to beat a hasty escape from disasters such as fires, oncoming flood waters or predicted hurricanes. There is a distinct possibility that you will survive.

This you will see if you didn't get the first message. Usually it is too late to find your car keys or other escape vehicle so it is best if you keep a close eye on things that may have become dangerously airborn.

This means you have definitly not been paying attention because your cell phone is not on or has been set to vibrate and is in the bottom of your purse or forgotten on your dresser. You are likely to sustain injuries if not protected by hiding under something.

This means you did not get any of the above messages.

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Blogger Pawlie Kokonuts said...

Now this bit of retro technology is something we can really use! (Actually, the May 14 New Yorker reviewed a book that challenges all our notions of technology: "The Shock of the Old: Technology and Global History Since 1900" by David Edgerton.) You might find an excerpt at NYer's website. It's very contrarian and interresting.)

6:14 AM  
Blogger JR's Thumbprints said...

Oh, but cell phones are such a distraction is you ask me.

6:11 PM  
Blogger SBe said...

Very good! Lets get it started.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Shan said...


Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier! I hope to see you again.

7:46 AM  
Anonymous Eric in Bellingham said...

I wonder what will save more lifes. Talking on the phone while you are driving in the car. Or having an emergency system on your cell. There are too many idiots out there that drive and talk at the same time.

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