New alert system sends weather warnings

flash flood text warning

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – If you have a cell phone you may have recently gotten a severe weather text alert, even though you didn’t sign up for it.

The alerts, which cause your phone to make loud noises and vibrations, are part of the Wireless Emergency Alerts program. The alerts warn you of impending hazardous weather, and include warnings for events like tsunamis, hurricanes, extreme wind, flash floods and tornadoes. They are also activated when there is an AMBER alert for a missing child in your area.

Brittany Robert of Holyoke, who thinks the text alerts are a good idea, said, “Absolutely because it’s happened here before, and to prepare everyone that in the back of their head, something could happen.”

Dan Lauber of Belchertown said, “We just received one for the flash floods for the storm we had last Friday.”

According to the Federal Communications Commission, there is no charge to wireless subscribers for receiving these alerts.

The system is not activated during all types of weather events, however, and if you want to receive text alerts about severe thunderstorms, river flooding, and winter storms, sign up for text alerts here on WWLP.com.

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