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.
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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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