Friday, November 2, 2012

Weather Warnings for Cell Phones

Have you heard about the new weather warning system for cell phones?  It is part of the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) initiative in conjunction with the National Weather Service, other federal agencies, major cell phone companies and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) national Weather Service to deliver emergency weather alerts to cell phones.

If the National Weather Service issues a warning (tornado, flash flood or other potentially deadly storm warnings) cell phone towers within that area broadcast a special signal.  WEA enabled phones then have a special vibration and tone with a short message appearing about the local weather.  If you are in range of the tower, you will receive the message.

Contact your wireless provider to find out if your cell phone is WEA-enabled.  I have read that iOS6 supports WEA.

1 comment:

Christy said...

This is helpful. We just got through Hurricane Sandy here in Delaware and another storm is brewing off shore right now.

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