New York Tests Sending People Emergency and Disaster Alerts Through Their Xbox

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The New York State Emergency Management Office (EMO) has begun trials of broadcasting disaster alerts and emergency alerts to people through their Xbox 360 game consoles.

The reasoning behind New York State’s decision to test sending out emergency broadcasts through web-connected gaming consoles such as the Xbox 360 is that while emergency alerts broadcast through more traditional media, such as televisions and radio, may be effective with the over-30 crowd, broadcasting emergency messages through game consoles will be much more effective for the younger generations.

It’s a natural step, explains New York State Deputy CIO Rico Singleton “considering the amount of time our youth spend on video games.”

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