Free emergency alerts for cell phone users to start this month - KMOV.com

Free emergency alerts for cell phone users to start this month

St. Louis, MO (KMOV.com) -- The National Weather Service and other government agencies will have  the ability to text cell phone users about severe weather and other emergencies starting this month.

The National Weather Service regional office's website says the Wireless Emergency Alerts will begin in June. The alerts will send warnings of tornadoes, flash floods, extreme winds, blizzards and ice storms.  The texts will also direct people what to do to protect themselves.

For alerts and up-to-the-minute weather information, download the St. Louis Weather app.

Local emergencies that require evacuations or immediate actions, AMBER Alerts and Presidential alerts during national emergencies will also be sent to users phones.

WEA government partners include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, FCC, Department of Homeland Security, as well as the National Weather Service.

They say that some cell phone may not be WEA-capable. To find out if your phone is capable you can visit www.ctia.org/wea or contact your cell phone provider.

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