Friday, June 29, 2012

Nationwide Text Messaging for Dangerous Weather Coming from FEMA

As someone who lives in the Midwest, I know a thing or two about the dangers of living in "Tornado Alley".


Every year, we have multiple tornado watches that bring tension and worries to residents all over the area.  As someone who lives about 160 miles north of Joplin, MO it's easy to understand and fear the power that nature can unleash.


It seems no matter what area of the country you live in, there really isn't an area that is safe from natural disasters.  If it's not tornados (which seem to be much more common the last 2 or 3 years in multiple parts of the US), then it's hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, wild fires, or some other type of deadly occurrence of nature.


One of the biggest problems authorities face with these dangers is how to properly warn people.  Frequently the only way to do so is by siren, radio, and television.  However, now the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has developed a high tech way to let lots of people know of imminent danger the moment they need to know.  FEMA is partnering with wireless carriers to provide free text messages that warn of approaching tornadoes, hurricanes, and blizzards; among other things.


There is no sign up necessary and you can opt out of the service if you'd like, but really, who would want to do that?


It's nice to see our tax dollars finally being spent on something that looks like it will help to save lives.


The full story on this service can be read at  Head on over if you want the all the details.  

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