The bill would also ensure more people receive emergency alerts by eliminating the option to opt out of receiving certain federal alerts.
The bill is being introduced after a false alarm reporting a missile alert in Hawaii exposed flaws in the system earlier this year, Schatz said.
“Even though it was a false alarm, the missile alert exposed real flaws in the way people receive emergency alerts,” Schatz said. “When a missile alert went out across Hawaii in January, some people never got the message on their phones, while others missed it on their TVs and radios.”
Schatz said the bipartisan bill would fix a number of problems with the system.
“In a real emergency, these alerts can save lives so we have to do everything we can to get it right,” the Hawaii senator said.
Under the new bill, the government would establish a reporting system for false alerts, so the Federal Communications Commission can track when they occur and examine the causes, Schatz said.