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Hermine is churning over the Gulf of Mexico; here's how to get storm emergency alerts on your phone

The GOVERNEMENT ALERTS notification settings on an iPhone.

[KEN WALKER | Times]

The GOVERNEMENT ALERTS notification settings on an iPhone.

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September

Whether Hermine hits the bay area or passes us by, this is a good time to make sure your smartphone is set up to send you emergency alerts about tropical weather and other hazards. 

On an iPhone, tap the Settings icon on your home screen, then Notifications. Scroll down to the very bottom of the list (it might be a long scroll, if you have a lot of apps on your phone) and look for the "GOVERNMENT ALERTS" section.

You'll see two toggles there. One is for AMBER Alerts; when it's turned on (green), your phone delivers emergency messages about missing people (usually children) in your area. Turn on the other one, labeled "Emergency Alerts," to receive messages from the National Weather Service as part of the Civil Emergency Message system — the same system that delivers those weird-sounding beeps and scrolling messages that warn you of storms while you're watching TV. 

Android users should go to settings, click on the "More" option under the "Wireless & Networks" section, then scroll down to the "Cell Broadcasts" settings. 

[Last modified: Thursday, September 1, 2016 7:58am]

    

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