Back in November, the National Weather Service decided -not- to use its new system for blizzards or ice storm warnings.
Saline County Emergency Management coordinator B.J. Fictum says the smart phone app will be used for different types of severe weather.
Fictum says, “They’re going to only use that for specific, more springtime events, tornado warnings, flash flood warning and dust storm warnings.”
Fictum says the wireless alerts help out local emergency managers, because they provide another method to give early warnings when storms occur.
“It’s through WEA or the Wireless Emergency Alert system,” Fictum says. “It’s a federal system that sends warnings to specific cell phone towers and all the cell phones that are capable of receiving that WEA alert within that cell tower range will get it.”
The National Weather Service says it made changes to the WEA broadcast list after reviewing customer feedback and comments.
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice