National Emergency Alert System Set To Launch In NYC

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A new national alert system is set to begin in New York City that will alert the public to emergencies via cell phones.

It’s called the Personal Localized Alert Network or PLAN. Presidential and local emergency messages as well as Amber Alerts would appear on cell phones equipped with special chips and software.

The Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency said the system would also warn about terrorist attacks and natural disasters.

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“The lessons that were reinforced on 9/11 is the importance of getting clear and accurate information to the public during a crisis,” New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a news conference on Tuesday.

Verizon and AT&T, the nation’s largest cell phone carriers, are already on board. Consumers would be able to opt out of all but those presidential messages.

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“We believe this new alert system is a welcome addition to our arsenal of readiness,” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said. “It’s like a police officer’s gun: it’s there for a good reason but we hope that we never have to pull the trigger.”

The announcement of the new emergency alert system came in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death and an uptick in security and safety concerns around New York City.

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For now, the alerts are capable on certain high-end cell phones but starting next year, all cell phones will be required to have the chip that receives alerts.

By the end of the year, the new system will be in place in New York City and Washington and in cities around the country by the end of 2012.

Bloomberg made the announcement about the new system Tuesday morning with FCC chairman Julius Genashowski and other federal and local officials.

This new emergency alert system is part of the Warning Alert and Response Network Act that was approved by Congress in 2006.

New York City already has an emergency alert in place called Notify NYC.  Bloomberg says it’s the largest opt-in notification alert system in the country.

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  • Reality Bites

    If this worthless poser in the White House starts to appear on my Sprint phone I’m cancelling my service! I won’t listen to his lies on my TV or radio and I sure as heck am not going to put up with his BS on my phone!

    • omstrat

      Im with you my friend.

  • Mad Max

    Quote: Benjamin Franklin.
    “Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.”

  • Joe Doakes

    A dictatorship has arrived. America are you ready?

  • Upset with obama

    Why is a chip needed? Notice all cellphone manufacturers: please “accidently” make these chips easy to remove. We’ll do the rest

  • Tony

    Funny how people like K believe that a college piece of paper grants them “genius” status. Most kids that go to college spend 300k to learn stuff they should have learned in HS and party most of the time. I am not knocking all students, a small percentage do specialize. But most just think they have to go and get degrees in sports or HR or other worthless degrees. The next bubble to pop (that we will all get stuck paying for) is the education bubble. And like the rest have pointed out, Drudge just posts links.

  • SW

    Silly little comment by Ted. Boring and nonsensical while critical, and therefore near and dear to some liberal heart.

  • Spanky

    Ted, go look up the word “tool”

  • Steve S

    I’m guessing that is a slight rhetorical question. You know that those on your side are the dimwits. Think inner city low income high school dropouts. Think Ivy league silver spoon fed trust fund babies, looking for a cause. Think winners of life’s lotteries like the dotcom bust cash out crowd. Think big biz like Goldman Sachs sucking off the government teet. Think GE Immelt, taking bailout cash and buying Volt’s/ None of these, those whom you think smart are in fact all either lucky or repeated failures. Not a hard worker in the bunch. Thieves one and all. Anti-Liberty goons.

    • Superpower

      Well put, and very accurate.

  • Ray

    I can see the next biggest cell phone app will the the one that turns the chip off and blocks all government alerts. It’s gotta be worth millions.

  • Quiet I'm Talking

    Obama thinks there are 57 United States. So, why would you trust him to control your life?

  • jackson

    You can’t get away from this ass clown. Not only is he on every TV station 24/7, now he’s on your cell phone.

  • David B

    I can see it now free phones for any black that votes more than once(the party of big-brother does receive 130% of the black vote)

  • c. warrington

    most likely the service will not even work during an emergency. cell phones did not work during the hurricanes

  • Chad

    Nobama 2012 coming to a phone near you.

  • Tbags4Freedom

    Nope. Those of us screaming about our liberties know who the real enemy is: GOVERNMENT. The Sheeple can bleat all they want. Just stay the hell out of our way. We are coming to take our country back.

  • McNabb

    I guess everyone would refuse the Emergency Broadcast System alert on TV, and Radio too. Get a clue, and stop with political propaganda. More people use cell phone and internet then listen to the Radio or watch TV. In the event of an emergency an EBS alert could save your life. Think about how many people could have been saved during the Japanese, and Christmas Day Tsunami if every cell phone in the area got an alert. If you want to be a stupid right wing pigeon, fine, but I bet if Bush was in office no one would complain about this. Darwin has a way of weeding out the stupid.

    • romews1

      Police state measures are always cleverly attached with public safety justifications and “saving the children”. Oh sure, I bet that is exactly what it is for.
      I think it is dangerous for people to drive when they are tired. When is the federal govt going to read bedtime stories to me?

  • Arthur

    This is great news. In the past I was never really sure if that tall building just hit by an airliner and collapsing might constitute an emergency.

  • David B

    All you need for big brother to thrive is a political party and the media to be in bed together. Death to socialists and death to socialism! obama is an American-hating, White-hating, Jew-hating marxist that must be stopped.

  • Thomas Paine

    There is NO reason to require a chip to achieve the mass notification. The systems currently in place can quite easily send out bulk messages. You would have to be an IDIOT to not understand this.

    THe only reason to require a chip is to create a MANDATORY tracking system for all citizens, ah, er I mean subjects.

  • Mannie

    So now we have to receive and listen to the Idiot in the Whitehouse on our phones?

    Big Bother [sic] is listening, too.


    You’re missing the point. This is not about tracking people, it’s about wealth redistribution. First they provide vital safety information via cell phones. What about those who can’t afford a cell phone? No problem, the Amercian people will pay for cell phones for everyone living in the USA; legal or not.

  • Nivek L

    Mao Tse Fone

  • BobNY

    The moment I get a political ad or any text that is not related to my personal safety – or even a safety ad that is politically motivated, I’m sueing the Obama administration.

    • DNR

      The only way anyone could ever think of sueing this administration is with at least half the country, back by another nation or the U.N., filing for a class-action lawsuit. Not to mention the billions of dollars the Obama admin would be willing to throw away just to stop this lawsuit from ever reaching the media. So, good luck with that plan.

  • Jack

    No kidding, you idiot. He only links to the headlines. Man you are stupid.

  • David

    Countdown until this system starts being used to send out thinly veiled political propaganda … 5 … 4 … 3 …

  • Brad Skidmore

    Also, what they are not telling you is… there is a small charge of c4 inside the cell phone… so that way.. Obama can press a button and blow you to to pieces if he makes the executive decision you are a terrorist.

  • Arthur

    I am investing in a lead shield for my phone.

  • godsmotive

    That’s good …so when we finally have had enough and move to take them down…they will be calling us to let us know what they are up to.

  • chris

    Absolute Nonsense!
    Vote Ron Paul and eliminate the power grabbing, fear inducing, money grabbing Federal Government!
    Enough is Enough!

  • LoonsToTheLeftOfMe

    JB, believe it or not, there is already such a government program in place. See

    • Lester Minortay

      Look upwhen safelink started…hint-not during Obamas term

    • Lester Minortay

      Safelink was started in 1996 under a plan put in place by Reagan—-There is no “Obama phone” or other newly created federal program to provide free cell phones. As you may know, this is a myth that is now circulating on the Web via email and blog sites. It has been thoroughly debunked by independent groups. (See for example: at, which notes: “Low-income households have been eligible for discounted telephone service for more than a decade. But the program is funded by telecom companies, not by taxes, and the president has nothing to do with it.”
      The federal “Lifeline” program was created during the Reagan Administration. Lifeline is a federal program created by the Reagan era Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 1984. The program was enhanced under Telecommunications Act of 1996, which was supported on a broadly bipartisan basis in Congress. The FCC’s Low Income Program of the Universal Service Fund, which is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), is designed to ensure that quality telecommunications services are available to low-income customers at just, reasonable, and affordable rates. Lifeline support reduces eligible low-income consumers’ monthly charges for basic telephone service.

  • Libsmasher

    Can it troll!…Matt Drudge doesn’t write these stories. He just features them. Beside that where’s your ultra popular website? Jealous fool.

  • ckassy

    Just say “No” to the O Man. Who authorized this–did Congress approve???!!

  • Sean

    This is where the Gov’t now tells us this is mandatory and that everyone in the country is required to have a cell phone. Our tax dollars will now be used to provide phones for everyone so they are able to be kept informed. Our Gov’t has gone too far. It is time for a revolution.

  • Smark

    Yeah, the government only had about 50 pieces of information wrong on the killing of OBL and they were watching it when it happened!! I can only imagine the “value” of getting Big Sis’ texts, “…look out for hunters, men in camo, returning US soldiers, all southern whites, Christian conservatives, Tea Party members and those with ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ flags…..”

    • bubba-thump

      wrong. they were watching rerun of “dancing with the stars”, they were gasping when one of the contestants, Kirsty Ally’s partner slipped and fell.

  • bilbo

    Next comes the transponder in your hand or forehead without which you will no longer be able to buy or sell anything. And it will all be sold to us as a security measure…tracking terrorists….Identity theft prevention..etc

    • David

      I don’t plan on being here when that happens – Christ’s church will be called home first.

  • Nancy

    Just in time for Obama to spam voters with his re-election propaganda.

  • elizabeth cobble

    The government already does provide cell phones. Crazy, isn’t it?

  • John Floyd

    Boy, wouldn’t Josef Goebbels loved this! Achtung! Achtung! Es spricht der Fuehrer!!!

  • No Lefties

    Where do I go to get my brown shirt and start the book burning?

  • Aileen - TN

    Nope. Not complying. I will take my phone apart and remove the chip.

  • Libsmasher

    This is how totalitarianism begins. The “chip” receives “terror alerts” Then it receives BOLO’s for rogue citizens. I can see it now, “CITIZEN….an enemy of the people has been spotted in section D4 of new city!…If you see this man press the star key 3 times. We’ll zero in on your signal to find him. Thank You for your obedience ! “

  • Smark

    This is a CBSNY story. What’s really your point? I suspect it’s an irritation with news being widely shared contrary to the One’s wishes. Drudge doesn’t control information. His site merely links stories that the leftist propaganda machine refuses to circulate. Of course CBS didn’t have one question concerning the governmental intrusion of such a plan. No doubt this will be the first step toward providing the recipient class with new smartphones and service contracts at the expense of the taxpayer.

  • Mike

    1984 is here!

    • Ga Voter

      Exactly. Never dreamed it would come so easy. The sheeple in this country just laid down and don’t care. I weep for my country

  • Publius

    Our country is like Obama’s Kenya now: everything is mandated.

  • Bruno

    George Orwell contacted me from the beyond. He says only “I told you so” and that he can’t believe Justin Bieber is famous.

  • NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

    Ball Of Confusion (That’s What The World Is Today)

    give it up government we are on to your lies
    give it up media we are on to your lies


    • JERSEYGIRL2011

      My cell phone COULDN’T EVEN RECEIVE A SIGNAL ON 9/11, what makes anyone think I could receive one in another catastrophe? I will fight this, I don’t want a chip in my phone for ANY reason, ESPECIALLY for reasons that the GOVERNMENT WANTS ME TO HAVE ONE!!!!!!!!!!!

      • d

        do you even know what all the chips in your phone do now? if not then I would go ahead and assume it’s already in there, or a version of it at minimum.

      • Banphotoradar

        Whi is John Galt?

      • Andrew Gulak

        Go read the telecommunications act of 1996. Scary stuff what’s already IN your phone.

      • Jim Burke


      • Kay

        I agree. I’ll keep using my old phone before buying one of these things. I have plenty of old cells phones lying around without that chip. Everyone should just go back to their old cells phones. These smart phones are being used to track people. It never stops, I feel like everyday it’s something new with them, some new way of oppressing and brainwashing. They’re getting more and more aggressive. It’s nice to know that other people are noticing it.

      • beedogs

        lol, you’re dumb.

      • Charliev76

        These things should be voluntary. The government should not be mandating it. Every day more of our liberty goes down the drain.

    • Hooridian

      You must be able to receive notices from the President so he can get free campaign time.

      • AncestralYuba

        There is no news, but dear leader’s news.

    • Don't tread on me

      These Fascist corporate oligarchs we call the Federal Government need to stay out of my phone.

      People need to wake up and realize that these people are not our legitimate government. Our “REAL” government has been bought out by international banks and corporations. Where did the bail out money go? Why does the same thing happen whether Republicans of Democrats are in power? Wake up people! The CIA attacked us on 911. Bin Laden was CIA. The government lied about the Tonkin Gulf to get us into Viet Nam. Bush lied about WMD’s to get us into Iraq. Hitler burned down his own government building to get the people afraid so he could ride the wave of fear into power by promising peace and safety. The CIA will hit us again soon. They need us to be afraid so they can take away more of our rights like in the “Patriot Act”

      Wake up America!!! We’re on the brink!!!

      “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Benjamin Franklin

      “For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.” 1 Thessalonians 5:3

    • GBH

      The only Fascist are the ones that attempt to forcibly impose the CONSPIRACY! Theory of 9/11, the moon landing, Kennedy assassination and Bigfoot. Hurry Wake up America and believe these important theories otherwise we’ll all…? Wait absolutely nothing will happen other than our enemies become empowered by our lack of critical thinking and overall lack of group intelligence.
      “Bin Laden was CIA” please there is enough Evil in the world without following blindly a few website authors who are interested in spreading lies in order to sell books, DVDs or seminars. People like this are just one more example of the failing of the public school system. Of course most of the “Truth is out there” people dropped out early because they were offended by evolution.
      However they don’t have an issue quoting Ben Franklin who according to similar web authors was Illuminati but, I guess one can pick and choose the inaccurate facts one wishes to believe. GOD BLESS AMERICA

    • Lyra
    • michaelfury
    • Larry

      The Government must keep up the fear level to justify the more than three trillion dollars spent so far on the fake war on terror. Now we must have a no travel on train list to protect the tracks from being tampered with and soon it will be for cars and buses. Taking over cellphones is just another way of striking fear into our hearts from here to eternity. I must now jump back under my bed or The Al Qaeda will get me

    • Julio Rodriguez

      This is part of the antichrist program, they want to know where you are at All times this is the best way they cant tract you no matter where you are;remember thee Antichrist will have control over the whole World,, and this is the beginning of his plan, it will begin with a one world Government and one World religion; Julio Rodriguez of California;,

  • Truthforlibs

    Free phones already available for the poor from Obama-I think it is Safe….
    Just cancel your text service with your provider.

    • Bob

      If you read the article it said you would get the messages even if you DO NOT have texting.

  • Eugene

    K, And? What does barely graduating from high school have to do with success in the future? He doesn’t control my information. All his website does is link stories that other people have posted. It is up to you, me, or anyone else to look elsewhere to see alternative points of view.

    • ChocoCat

      Not entirely true, Drudge also lables his links, often times to give a paranoia fueled ‘alert’ to his readers. I think he is a clown, but anyone who denies what happens to a comments page when Drugde links a story ‘needs his head examined’. There is tidal surge of mass ignorance that follows a Drudge link like the Tsunami that follows an earthquake.

  • Karen

    Well,, one of the first things Hitler and the Nazi party did was to hand out radios. They were required in every household. They were then used for propaganda.

    • okierx

      “Presidential and local emergency messages as well as Amber Alerts would appear on cell phones equipped with special chips and software.”

      What kind of Presedential message would I need to get instant messaging? Declaration of State of Emergency/

  • Sean

    Is this written by Drudge?

    • Simple Simon

      Does little Timmy trust his government so, because they are some of the best college graduating lawyers?

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