WEA, or Wireless Emergency Alerts system, is a new safety tool that allows cell phone users to receive text-like messages for free alerting them of imminent threats to their safety.
WEA enables government officials to target these alerts to specific geographic areas...even if you are just visiting a city.
The types of alerts include extreme weather, such as tornado and flash flood warnings, amber alerts, and alerts issued by the president during a national emergency.
This is all possible without having to download an app or subscribe to a service.
WEA messages will not interrupt your phone conversation and you are able to opt-out of the service.
To see if this service is available on your phone, just call your cell phone provider.
For more information, visit the Jackson National Weather Service web page.