How to Make Sure You’re Notified of Severe Weather – NBC 6 South Florida

How to Make Sure You’re Notified of Severe Weather – NBC 6 South Florida

Most people have received a weather alert on their phone at one time or another, but there have been times when important alerts were not received amid severe weather conditions.

A hurricane warning has been issued for Miami-Dade on Sunday, February 4 until 11:30 a.m. as severe weather reaches South Florida.

A hurricane watch remains in effect until 2 PM in South Florida.

There is a national system that sends emergency messages, but residents need to make sure they can receive them.

Where do weather alerts come from?

People across the United States often receive Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) when severe weather or other emergencies occur nearby.

WEA are emergency messages sent by authorized government alert authorities through your carrier.

What do the messages look like?

The WEA will look like a text message that typically shows the type and time of alert, any action you should take, and the agency that issued the alert.

The length and language of the message received on a specific device will depend on the wireless network and language settings of the device.

Messages will be up to 360 characters on 4G LTE networks and beyond. The length of a WEA message will be a maximum of 90 characters on 3G and older networks.

What types of alerts will nuclear-weapon states send?

The National Weather Service will send warnings for tsunamis, tornadoes, and severe thunderstorms (only when the threat of damage is devastating), as well as flash floods (only when the threat of damage is significant or catastrophic).

They will also alert residents of hurricanes, tornadoes, storms, high winds, dust storms and blizzards.

Otherwise, you may receive a WEA for local emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate action, as well as AMBER Alerts, Blue Alerts, and Presidential Alerts for national emergency conditions.

How does WEA know if you are in an affected area?

WEA uses radio technology to broadcast the alert from cell towers to mobile devices in the threat area.

WEA doesn’t know exactly who was caught, but your device should be alerted due to its location.

How do I turn alert notifications on or off?

iPhone users can go to the Settings app and head to Notifications. From there, swiping to the bottom of the screen will take you to government alerts.

You will then be able to control whether you receive AMBER Alerts, Emergency Alerts, Public Safety Alerts, and Test Alerts.

You can simply turn it on or off; However, there is no option to opt out of presidential messages.

Some settings may be set to only alert users “while using the app” – so you’ll need to switch the setting to “Always” to receive the message otherwise.

For some Android users, you can tap the gear icon and go to advanced settings for notifications, according to AARP.

Scroll to Wireless Emergency Alert – where you can then control your preferences.

AARP notes that these instructions are for the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G. Many manufacturers build Android smartphones, so not all of their operating systems are exactly the same.

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