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Did you get an alert tone on your phone?

10:05 PM, Dec 19, 2012   |    comments
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The tone and message was alerting residents to a blizzard warning issued by the National Weather Service early Wednesday morning.

The alerts are part of a national program called Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS).

CMAS immediately notifies users when a major event, such as a storm, a major threat or an AMBER Alert is issued.

The system works side by side with the Wireless Emergency Alerts.

All major carriers participate in the FEMA program.

HOW TO SHUT OFF THE ALERT

iPhone users: go in to your phone's settings, click on notifications, then select 'off' under the government alerts area.

Android Users: Go into the messaging part of your Android phone like you are sending a text message, then into messaging settings, here you will find the emergency alert settings. You can check and uncheck the boxes.

Here's a list of the alerts that are sent out, plus additional information from the Government:

Warning Type

CMAS Message

Tsunami Warning

Tsunami Warning in this area. Avoid coastal areas. Check local media. -NWS

Tornado Warning

Tornado Warning in this area til hh:mm tzT. Take shelter now. -NWS

Extreme Wind Warning

Extreme Wind Warning this area til hh:mm tzT ddd. Take shelter. -NWS

Flash Flood Warning

Flash Flood Warning this area til hh:mm tzT. Avoid flooded areas. Check local media. -NWS

Hurricane Warning

Hurricane Warning this area til hh:mm tzT ddd. Check local media and authorities. -NWS

Typhoon Warning

Typhoon Warning this area til hh:mm tzT ddd. Check local media and authorities. -NWS

Blizzard Warning

Blizzard Warning this area til hh:mm tzT ddd. Prepare. Avoid Travel. Check media. -NWS

Ice Storm Warning

Ice Storm Warning this area til hh:mm tzT ddd. Prepare. Avoid Travel. Check media. -NWS

Lake Effect Snow Warning

Lake Effect Snow Warning this area til hh:mm tzT ddd. Avoid travel. Check media. -NWS

Dust Storm Warning

Dust Storm Warning in this area til hh:mm tzT ddd. Avoid travel. Check local media. -NWS


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