Bad weather is predicted -- get your cell phone charged

Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged this evening, so you can be warned of potentially dangerous weather situations predicted for eastern North Carolina tonight. You don't need to register for the alerts, subscribe to a service or download an app. Your phone already has been programmed to receive Wireless Emergency Alerts. Text messages that will alert you to possible danger during any emergency are sent through your mobile carrier by government agencies authorized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. According to the FEMA website, "The WEA message will show the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert." The messages include a special tone and vibration, both repeated twice. The National Weather Service sends alerts for tornado warnings, flash flood warnings, hurricane warnings, and extreme wind warnings. If you are traveling, you will receive the alert, because they are broadcast from aea cell towers to mobile devices in the area. If you are passing through an area after the alert is first sent, FEMA note, your cell phone will receive the message when you enter the area. In addition to extreme weather or other threatening emergencies in the area, you may receive AMBER alerts for missing children and Presidential Alerts during a national emergency.