New York is testing integration of its statewide emergency alert system into online game networks including Xbox Live and PS Network, reports Information Week. The state’s Emergency Management Office issues emergency alerts and regular emergency test broadcasts over TV stations and cable TV networks. The agency says that with young residents spending more time playing games than watching television, it decided to tap into online game nets in the interest of emergency preparedness. The plan is part of New York’s Empire 2.0 initiative expanding the state’s emergency response capabilities into digital media. Other components of the program include monitoring Facebook posts for suicidal behavior, using the MMO game Second Life to train emergency responders, and integrating social nets such as Twitter and Linked In as emergency communication tools. Read more at Information Week.