Emergency warning systems are used by countries across the world to alert citizens about a variety of incidents, from natural disasters to military threats. Modern emergency warning systems are taking advantage of new technologies such as text messaging to ensure warnings reach the broadest possible audience. These systems, however, vary in their effectiveness and are vulnerable to human error and even malicious interference.
In this episode, we look into the history of emergency warning systems, provide examples of how these systems have been leveraged across various countries, and discuss their level of effectiveness in ensuring citizen safety.
Take a look at some of our favorite articles that we came across while researching this topic:
- The Long, Strange History of the Presidential Text Alert, Wired, Garrett M. Graff
- The BBC’s detailed plans for nuclear war, BBC
- Public emergency alerts: mobile alerting trials, UK Government