US lawmakers want streaming services like Netflix to issue emergency alerts

Not only does READI Act investigate how alarms can be delivered through streaming services, it also prevents certain federal alerts, including those for incoming missiles, from being received. Messages from the President or FEMA would also have to be repeated – they can currently only be played once in television and radio stations. It would force FEMA to prevent false positives and set up a false alarm reporting system that the FCC can also track.

Senator Schatz said in a statement:

“When a rocket alert hit Hawaii last year, some people never got the message on their cell phones while others missed the news on their televisions and radios, and although it was a false alarm, the missile alarm covered real deficiencies in our calculations A number of important issues with the emergency alarm delivery system, which can save lives in a real emergency, so we have to do everything we can to solve the problem. ”

A group of bipartisan members of Congress – Representatives Jerry McNerney (D-California), Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), Pete Olson (R-Texas) and Gus Bilirakis (R-Florida) – also presented the READI Act in the House of Representatives. McNerney said, “(t) The READI Act will help improve the current (Wireless Emergency Alert) system and emergency alert so that my constituents and Americans across the country can receive life-saving alerts when confronted with these dire situations “