NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City is sending out text message alerts Thursday, but don’t worry — it’s only a test.

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell On The Story

New York City’s Office of Emergency Management is testing the personal localized alerting network or PLAN.

A total of six  alerts will be sent until 3 p.m.

A notification will be displayed on the screen of your mobile device with a text that reads: “Severe alert” or “Extreme alert.”

Officials say you will then see a message that says “This is a test from NYC Office of Emergency Mgmt. Test Message 1. This is only a test.”

It’s a new, free emergency notification service that will allow authorized government officials to send emergency alerts to enabled mobile devices on the AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon wireless networks.

Emergency Management Commissioner Joe Bruno says this is only for newer phones and those certain carriers.

“So there may be some phones out there that if they’re in the area where we’re broadcasting a message, they could get this message and see it,” Bruno said.

A pilot version of PLAN is set to go live in the five boroughs on New Year’s day.

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Comments (10)
  1. KPMc says:

    I guess the poor, sensible people (that don’t have the government paying for their cell service) who use a reasonable, non-contract carrier like Metro PCS can all burn for all they care.

    1. KPMc says:

      Well at least I don’t get squeezed for every penny or have to deal with a contract while still handling my own responsibilities.

  2. Michael H. says:

    So I got a text at 10AM from an “Unknown Number” that was complete gibberish. Looks to me as though OEM has a few kinks to work out.

  3. jerseyjoey says:

    big brother ivading your life yet again and you people pay for this service, HAHaHa next will be get out and vote texts followed with a comercial for viagra.

    1. Michael H. says:

      These texts are not charged on your wireless bill. How is the local government notifying you of an emergency in the area “invading your life”? Also, considering how few people go to the polls, a get out the vote texting campaign would be a fantastic idea. I’m going to write to my local representative and credit you with the idea, joey. Thanks!

  4. Michael H. says:

    Countdown to tomorrow’s article about people complaining that they panicked because the city “didn’t do enough to warn them about these test messages” when it’s been all over the news for the past few days.

  5. Att. Hoar says:

    I can’t wait, I dont get texts from anyone

    1. Clark Allen says:

      I’ll text you. Give me your number.

      1. Att. Hoar says:

        1 877 KARS 4 KIDS

    2. Clark Allen says:

      Or do you want me to give you my phone number?

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