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How to set up emergency notifications and stay informed

A volcano exploded near Tonga last week with plumes reaching 35 miles above the surface of the earth, and setting off tsunami warnings as far away as Hawaii, Alaska, and the West Coast.  When a potential emergency happens, it's critical to get information as quickly as possible. Here are some alerts to look out for or opt into:  Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are used to send SMS messages to WEA-capable mobile devices during emergencies. WEAs are sent by your state and local public safety officials, the National Weather Service, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the office of the President of the United States.  Many municipalities have their own text and email-based alert systems that are very...

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