New England blizzard threat offers test of wireless alert system

02/8/2013 | All Things D

What is becoming known as the Blizzard of 2013 in the Northeast is providing a major test for the Federal Communications Commission's new wireless alert system, which local authorities are using to send text-like messages to people in the threatened regions. The system updates the old emergency broadcast system by sending short alerts, along with a sharp warning tone designed to set them apart from normal text messages.

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