Herrera Beutler applauds FCC waiver for earthquake early warnings


October 2, 2019


EARLY WARNING: A new FCC decision allows broader earthquake warnings to individual cell phones.

Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler applauded the decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to protect the viability of earthquake early warning systems like ShakeAlert as they make changes to the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA). The waiver issued by the FCC will ensure alerts issued by the ShakeAlert system will reach affected individuals' cell phones in a timely manner, increasing their chances of being able to get to safety.

The FCC is developing changes to the WEA system to improve alerts for wildfires. However the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has expressed concern that these changes could delay alerts in the event of an earthquake. In July, Herrera Beutler and 18 other...

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