Mass text plan to warn public of disasters

Scotland on Sunday, 22 March 2009

SCOTS are set to get special “text alert” warnings of natural disasters, industrial accidents and terror attacks. The Scottish Government yesterday confirmed that it is considering plans to collect hundreds of thousands of mobile phone numbers for use in emergencies. Officials in the police and other 999 services believe they could get quick safety messages out to the public in the event of disasters or danger – but only if they can get their hands on the numbers they need.

Cathy Peattie, the Labour MSP for Falkirk East whose constituency covers Grangemouth, welcomed the proposal.

She said: “This is a good idea. I am pretty sure most of my constituents will take up the offer and hand over their numbers. I, of course, would want to hear what the civil liberties lobby says about this. But, as long as it is voluntary, I don’t have a problem with the scheme.”

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