RIDGELAND, Miss., May 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- With the start of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season just around the corner, C Spire is reminding consumers that they can receive free, location-based notifications on capable mobile phones under a national public safety warning system designed to alert consumers during emergencies.
Wireless carriers voluntarily broadcast the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) over their networks in cooperation with state and federal authorities under the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) program, but only after extensive testing and certification by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
The alerts played an important role in keeping Mississippi residents updated about weather threats during a rash of tornadoes, severe storms and flooding that swept through the state in recent months, killing 10 people, injuring 40 others and damaging thousands of homes and businesses. Without the alerts, the death toll and damage totals would have been much higher, according to emergency response officials.
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