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San Francisco International Airport has become the first in the US to get Federal Emergency Management Agency approval to issue Wireless Emergency Alerts.

This capability allows the airport to issue emergency alerts through the Integrated Public Alert Warning System (IPAWS), a unified platform that integrates multiple alert systems across the US.

Designated staff will use the system to send a text message, accompanied by an audible alert, to mobile phone users in the prescribed area who have enabled emergency alerts under the government alerts section of their phone settings.

Ivar Satero, director, San Francisco International Airport, commented, “[…] Being the first airport in the US approved to issue Wireless Emergency Alerts gives us an important tool to help keep people safe during an emergency.”