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Weather Warnings Sent To Phones

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SHREVEPORT, La. - If you own compatible smart phones, you will begin to receive the National Weather Service warnings starting Monday.

These will not be a text message. Officials say it will be a 90-character message with a basic description of the warning and call to action. 

Officials say the warnings will go through the Commercial Mobile Alert System, (CMAS), also known as the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA). If cell phones are in range of a cell tower which is inside a warning, the phones will receive the alert if phones are in the county/parish under the warning. 

This also includes those folks whom drive into a warning on an interstate. Some carriers are working on technologies to alert at the sub-county level, but the mandate by FEMA on carriers is at the county level.

Wireless carriers rolled out the service across the nation in April. All major wireless carriers and hundreds of smaller carriers are taking part in WEA on a voluntary basis.

Users will be able to opt out of these alerts through an app on their phone, which will be listed in their app menu.  However, Presidential alerts cannot be turned off, officials say.

The messages will be formatted to trigger a warning notification on capable mobile devices for the following NWS warning types:

- Tsunami Warnings

- Tornado Warnings

- Flash Flood Warnings

- Hurricane and Typhoon Warnings

- Extreme Wind Warnings

- Blizzard and Ice Storm Warnings 

- Dust Storm Warnings

For information about IPAWS, visit http://www.fema.gov/emergency/ipaws/

For more information about WEA and a list of participating carriers, visit http://fema.gov/emergency/ipaws/cmas.shtm

For information about EAS, visit

http://www.fema.gov/emergency/ipaws/eas_info.shtm

Also visit, http://www.srh.noaa.gov/shv and NWS on Facebook

 

 

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