The American National Weather Service has this week announced the launch of their new Wireless Emergency Alerts system, that has been created to send severe weather warning directly to users smartphones.
The new weather warning system will include news about approaching tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, typhoons, tsunamis, flash floods, extreme winds, blizzards and ice and dust storms as well as other threats, and will send message of no more than 90 characters.
Any owners of older phones, will also receive a notification with a special tone and vibration. No users need signup for the new service or pay for any texts delivered, and anyone who would prefer not to receive the text messages can opt out if desired. Amy Storey, spokeswoman for CTIA-The Wireless Association, an industry trade group that helped set up the system explains:
“These alerts will make sure people are aware of any impending danger and provide them with the information needed so they can be safe until the threat is over,”
However the system does not yet work with all smartphones or in all areas, for more information jump over to the Yahoo news article.
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