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NEW FEDERAL POLICY ABOUT CELL PHONE ALERTS HIGHLIGHTS FACT THAT MUCH OF WEST. HAS NO CELL SERVICE...
Release Date: May 10, 2011

Federal officials have announced that some cellphone users in NY will soon be able to receive emergency alerts by text messages in the event of a national or regional emergency. The service is scheduled to start late this year as a preclude to nationwide service later next year.
This is a copy of a letter that I have sent out to public safety officials concerning the black outs in cell phone service – around Westchester.
 
Frequently, when I am driving around Westchester County and using my cell phone, my phone doesn't work.  There are many areas around the county that are not covered by cell phone service.   I think I'm in a third world country - my phone dies on me during the middle of telephone conversations.
 
In the event of a terrorist attack or emergency evacuation, cell phone coverage could be important for families and law enforcement officials.  Cell service provides a link to family members and to public safety officials.   I think that Westchester County should conduct an annual inventory of areas around the county that do not have cell service (by carrier) and that the county should publicize the areas that lack coverage.  This should be coordinated with the local police force and be incorporated into emergency preparation plans.  Localities should be encouraged to work with civic groups to address this problem.
 
The inventory of areas in Westchester County that are not covered by cell phone service should be posted on the county’s website.  This map could be useful to those who are considering contracting with cellular phone companies for service.  Some services may be better than others and residents should be able to make informed decisions.
 
QUESTION----PLEASE ADVISE ME OF SECTIONS AROUND TOWN THAT HAVE NO CELL SERVICE. DO YOU HAVE SIMILAR EXPERIENCES –YOU’RE ON THE PHONE AND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CONVERSATION THE PHONE CALL STOPS?
PAUL FEINER
Greenburgh Town Supervisor
914 993 1545 or 438 1343  (CELL PHONE---IF YOU CAN REACH ME!)
 



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