engine - 5:59 pm on May 11, 2011 (gmt 0)
U.S. To Launch Mobile Phone Emergency Alert System [bbc.co.uk]
A new mobile telephone emergency alert system will be launched in New York City and Washington DC by the end of the year, US officials have said.
The system will allow the federal government and local authorities to reach people on their mobile phones to warn them of imminent danger.
Messages from the US president or information about missing children would also be sent through the system.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said there would be no charge to users.
Big brother says, 'we want all your mobile numbers'