May 22, 2017

This Is an Activation

by Every Little Thing

A weird night in Dallas leads us to ask: what kinds of emergency systems are all around us? 

Episode Guests: Craig Fugate, former FEMA director; George Werl, witness of 1971 false alarm; Beth Newman; witness of 1971 false alarm; Dennis Mileti, sociologist; Prashanth Venkataramanujam, comedian and fact buddy. For more on emergency alerts, check out this archival footage from the U.S. Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization or this study on cellphone emergency alerts. Also, don't forget to check Startup's episode on vaccines and History of WOWO.