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Wireless Emergency Alerts system to warn of storms, floods

06/28, 3:22pm

National Weather Service to send 90-character warnings to smartphones

The US National Weather Servicewill soon start sending severe weather warnings to smartphone owners in potentially dangerous situations. The Wireless Emergency Alerts system will send warning messages to those at risk of flooding, hurricanes, dust storms and blizzards via compatible smartphones, complete with a special warning tone and vibration reserved for the message.

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Google Maps gets public alerts for emergencies

01/25, 12:05pm

Google Public Alerts goes live for emergencies

Google has just launched its Public Alerts platform for Google Maps that will allow users to get updates on emergencies in their area. These could include weather disasters, earthquakes and more. Created by the Google Crisis Response team, users can search by simple terms such as "flood in Indiana," as in the example pictured below.

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