Hawaii lawmakers back more legislation to enable emergency alerts on streaming services

Hawaii lawmakers back more legislation to enable emergency alerts on streaming services
More Hawaii lawmakers are introducing legislation to improve the county's emergency alert system. The legislation comes after a false missile alert was sent across Hawaii in January. (Image: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - More legislation is being introduced that may allow officials to send emergency alerts through apps like Spotify and Netflix.

U.S. reps. Tulsi Gabbard and Colleen Hanabusa are introducing the Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement Act, which aims to improve how the public receives emergency alerts, including the potential ability to "disseminate messages using the country's most popular streaming services."

"We've introduced the READI Act, which will expand delivery of critical emergency alerts to cell phones, TVs, and radios, and recognize the new technological ways that people are getting information," Gabbard said.

News of the bill comes after U.S. Senator Brian Schatz introduced similar legislation in the Senate last week.

Hawaii legislators have been vocal about upgrades to the county's emergency alert system since January's false missile alert.

If passed, the bill would also make alerts mandatory for phones,Televisions and radios — with no option to opt out.

Copyright 2018 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.