(Des Moines) The start of the new cellphone alert system for weather and national emergencies, scheduled to go online Monday, has been delayed for at least a week.
National Weather Service Spokeswoman, Susan Buchanan told the Omaha World Herald that the system now is expected to be on line late next week. Connectivity problems delayed its start.
The system is a joint effort of the National Weather Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency and cell carriers.
Cell phone’s will vibrate, sound and alert and then send a text message when life-threatening weather develops, such as a tornado warning. Alerts also will sound during national emergencies and can be activated for Amber Alerts.
The system only works on newer-model cellphones. Even though messages will come across as a text, users will not be charged a text fee.
June 19, 2012