media sites to respond to emergencies more efficiently? What are the privacy implications of doing so?

  • Location-based services for geographical targeting. Geographic codes used in CMAS to localize messages by county or equivalent jurisdiction will provide a fair approximation of the geographic area and population affected by an emergency. However, much more precise alerting could be provided by attaching more precise geographic information to alerts and making use of the location capability built into cell phones. In what scenarios might such precision be useful? What are potential drawbacks, such as concerns about privacy?

  • Automation. How could automation be used to provide more timely alerts for highly time-sensitive messages, such as those from Early Earthquake Warning Systems? Do technical or procedural factors make it difficult to deliver alerts sufficiently rapidly? Might automated systems lead to an undesirable level of false alarms?

  • Distributed sensing using mobile devices. What is the potential for incorporating sensor devices in widely distributed devices such as cell phones to detect and provide more detailed information on events?

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