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Emergency Alerts are buzzing in people's pockets

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By: Hannah Paczkowski
hpaczkowski@klkntv.com

Lauren Michel received an alarming message on Saturday.

"At first I was really annoyed because it was very loud and it didn't turn off until I actually went into my phone and shut it off," she said.

But it's annoying messages like these that can be a matter of life and death.

An Amber Alert was sent to phones all over the state after a one-year-old was taken from her home in Chadron.

"Later I was like no, this is a good thing because we need to be getting this information as soon as possible," Michel said.

The little girl was found safe at a traffic stop that evening.

The missing child alert is just one of three notifications you'll get from the FCC.

Others include alerts issued by the President and imminent threats to safety.

All carriers participate in these messages.

Matt Hagert from Verizon Wireless says they go by your current location, not area code.

"Depending upon were you are geographically, you will get an alert depending upon one of those three categories," he said.

There is an option to opt out of the danger and Amber Alerts, but Hagert says the noise is worth feeling safe.

"I live in an area where I can't really hear tornado sirens, I don't watch a whole lot of TV, but my phone is always with me so at two in the morning if there's a tornado closing in, the alert will wake me up and actually let me know we are in danger," he said.

If for some reason you did not get an alert, but you want to make sure you get those notifications, contact your local provider.

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