Today Chicago is warned that it may be the hottest day in seven years. Already by 9:00 a.m. the lakefront clocked in at 88 degrees. If we hit the projected temperature of 100 degrees, it will only be the 62nd time to reach temperatures above 100 degrees in 140 years. Temperatures this high can be dangerous. It’s no wonder whether we turn on our radios, flip on our televisions or open our laptops, we are being warned to stay hydrated, seek out cool spaces and check on loved ones without air conditioning.
But not all of us have the internet or cable. Some of us just rely on our Smartphones to keep us connected, which is why the National Weather Service’s new Wireless Emergency Alert Systems is a great innovative way to communicate to the masses about dangerous weather. Soon, millions of us will be receiving text messages that warn us of severe weather, regardless if you are near a television, radio or storm sirens. Beginning Thursday, Smartphone users will be notified if they are in the path of tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards or other threatening weather conditions. Users do not have to sign up for this alert, and may opt out of the warning messages if they do not wish to receive them. Even better, users will not be charged for the 90-characters-or-less text message. The alert will also cause late-model Smartphones to vibrate and play a special tone.
Currently, not all Smartphones or areas will receive the text alerts. Carriers that provide for 97% of cellphone users have agreed to participate, including Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile. Users should check with their provider to know if their Smartphone is equipped to receive the weather services alerts.
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