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Did you get last night’s alarming mobile alert?

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

As the FCC sent out a warning of an Amber Alert overnight, some people's mobile phones lit up with an alert -- but many others did not.

The alerts are part of a new system the FCC and FEMA rolled out earlier this year to send emergency messages to people's phones. There are three kinds of alerts:

  • Imminent threat alerts: Alerts that include severe man-made or natural disasters, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, etc., where an imminent threat to life or property exists;
  • Presidential alerts: Alerts issued by the President or a designee;
  • AMBER Alerts: Alerts that meet the U.S. Department of Justice's criteria to help law enforcement search for and locate an abducted child.

Monday morning around 1:45 a.m., the Amber Alert text message push alert was sent out with a loud alarm.

"An Amber Alert has been issued in your area, please check local media."

Many on our Facebook page said the alert scared them in the middle of the night.

Some cell phone users did not get the alert. That's because not all phones and operating systems are capable of receiving them.

To see if your device is capable of receiving the alerts, you have to check with your carrier. You can opt out of the weather and Amber Alerts, but not presidential alerts. To do, head to the settings in your phone or contact your wireless provider.

Here is a link with a list carriers, and frequently asked questions about the system: http://www.ctia.org/consumer_info/safety/index.cfm/AID/12082

Previous coverage:

Weather alerts coming soon to a smartphone near you:
http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/18907750/2012/06/28/weather-alerts-coming-soon-to-smartphone-near-you

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