Every so often the perfect combination of free time, motivation, and a great idea materialize and I can produce a usable, web-based tool for the general public. This page is a listing of such tools.
With all the storms and natural disasters that plague the country on a hourly basis, you can’t always guarantee that you’ll be near a computer, radio, or television. And if you are, you can’t guarantee that they will rebroadcast a National Weather Service Alert while you’re listening – especially if you just tuned in moments after the alert was broadcast. That’s where getting SMS alerts to your phone comes in handy.
With this tool, you simply use your Twitter account (which most people have), and follow @NOAAalerts. Then you sign up at the NOAA Twitter Alerts website, choose the National Weather Service station that’s closest to you, and then choose which county you want notifications for. The website will poll the NWS service every 2 minutes. When it finds one for your location, it will send you a Direct Message with the alert, effective & expiration times, and a link for more info . Simple as that.