This book provides a comprehensive account of how mobile-smartphone systems are transforming the practice of public alert and warning in the United States. Recent events have vaulted mobile alert and warning technology to the forefront of public debates concerning the hazards of the digital age. False alarms of ballistic missile attacks on Hawaii and Japan, the non-use of mobile alerts during the Northern California wildfires, and the role this technology plays in supporting police manhunts and counterterrorism efforts have prompted reconsideration of how these systems are used.
Drawing upon interviews with officials, executives, experts, and citizens, the book provides an in-depth analysis of the events and contexts influencing the trajectory of mobile public alert and warning and charts a course for its improvement. The book first introduces readers to the high stakes involved in the transformation of public alert and warning, explaining how new research is revealing the benefits, limitations, and risks of mobile technology in the disaster communication context. Three case studies then illustrate issues of risk, trust, and appropriateness in mobile public alert and warning.
- Offers a critical assessment of the development, use, and consequences of mobile public alert and warning technologies in the United States from 2006 to the present
- Provides a comparative discussion of the development, use, and consequences of mobile public alert and warning technologies in Australia, Canada, Japan, and the Netherlands
- Offers a reader-friendly, state-of-the-art assessment of empirical research concerning mobile public alert and warning messages
- Includes three case studies that show the relevance of research with respect to the efficacy of mobile alert and warning technology in response to danger