Beginning this month, the federal government will be teaming up with wireless providers around the country to roll out a new service to alert people of severe weather emergency alerts.
The alerts, which will be triggered by life-threatening weather situations including tornadoes, flash floods and hurricanes will be sent to customers' cell phones free of charge. Wireless providers taking part in this service include: AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, Sprint Nextel, Cellcom, Cricket and U.S. Cellular.
Customers do not have to sign up for this service and text messages will be 90-characters or less.
These messages are intended to prompt immediate action on the part of the customer, so if you do receive an emergency weather alert from your cell provider, please take action to ensure your safety.
Brownstone Insurance is here to help you prepare before a disaster happens. Check out our blog entries on creating an emergency plan to be ahead of the game.