FEMA Introduces New Emergency Alert System to Your Cell Phone

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FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) has just announced that it will be providing Americans with a text message emergency alert system. It’s named the “Personal Localized Alerting Network” or PLAN.

Under PLAN, cell phone customers who opt for this service and have an enabled mobile device will be able to get text messages targeting their location (geographic region) and alerting them with details regarding any imminent threats in their area, such as a tornado or flood.

This is a good idea in that it sends direct alerts to one's cell phone of imminent danger. However, will it have any impact on duty under the law? If your cell phone got a text message that a tornado was in the vicinity, will insurance defense attorneys argue in the future that you’re the proximate cause of your injury for failing to get out of harm’s way in time?

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