Our Emergency Alert Systems Rely on an Overlapping Mess of Privatized Services

FEMA has approved 25 private software platforms to disseminate alerts for authorities at state, local, territorial, and tribal levels

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Whether technology platforms complement or complicate emergency messaging is a point of debate.

“We like to say that we’re just one tool in the toolbox,” Harper added. “Governments with the authority to protect the public should be using multiple modes [of alerting].”

Staff writer at OneZero covering social platforms, internet communities, and the spread of misinformation online. Previously: VICE

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