(Atlantic) Cass County Emergency Management Director Mike Kennon says beginning sometime this month the National Weather Service will begin issuing Severe Weather Alerts through participating wireless carriers directly to cell phones. So anyone with a newer cell phone will be alerted when dangerous weather is about to occur at the specific location that you are at anywhere in the nation.
“It means that if you have a cell phone that is capable of receiving these alerts, you will be notified of a dangerous weather situation no matter where you are at,” stated Kennon. “For instance if you are from California and driving through Cass County and a tornado warning is issued for Cass County that person will receive an alert text message. This is just another vehicle to get that information out to people.”
The alert will look like a text message, and will automatically appear on the mobile device screen showing the type and time of the alert along with any action that should be taken. The message will be no more than 90 characters, and will have a unique tone and vibration, indicating dangerous weather.
June 1, 2012