We’re one of those families who doesn’t have cable or satellite TV and doesn’t keep the radio on all day, so weather alerts are something we don’t get in traditional ways. Having alerts on my phone, thanks to Wireless Emergency Alerts, helps me keep my family safe. We live in tornado country and every summer storm is a potential hazard.
What are Wireless Emergency Alerts?
Wireless Emergency Alerts are automatic texts sent to you in an emergency. Alerts received at the right time can help keep you safe during an emergency. With WEA, warnings can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm’s way, without need to download an app or subscribe to a service. You can usually turn these alerts on or off in your phone’s notifications settings. The photo on the right is what it looks like on my iPhone. You can learn more about WEA at http://www.ready.gov/alerts.
What kinds of alerts will I get?
Extreme weather, and other threatening emergencies in your area
Presidential Alerts during a national emergency
What does a WEA look like?
These alerts look like texts, but sound different so you know they’re urgent. Here’s a little video that shows what they look like and lets you hear the sound they make so you’ll know when you get one!
Storm facts provided by ready.gov
- Hurricanes have the power to cause widespread devastation, and can affect both coastal and inland areas.
- The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October.
- The Eastern Pacific hurricane season began on May 15 and will end on November 30.
- More hurricane facts
- The average tornado moves Southwest to Northeast, but tornadoes have been known to move in any direction.
- Tornadoes are most frequently reported east of the Rocky Mountains during spring and summer months.
- Peak tornado season in the southern states is March through May; in the northern states, it is late spring through early summer.
- More tornado facts
Be prepared when the storms come!
- Hurricane Safety Tips
- How to Prepare for Tornado Season
- Start a Disaster Preparedness Group in Your Neighborhood
- Build an Emergency Kit to Prepare Your Family for Anything
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