SAN ANGELO, Texas — With severe weather likely this evening into Wednesday morning, we checked with City of San Angelo officials to see how citizens are alerted about weather-related emergency situations.

COSA Fire Chief Brian Dunn said the City no longer utilizes sirens as alerts, but instead uses the emergency alert systems via Nixle, cell phones, land lines and social media such as Twitter. Tweets are typically posted by the San Angelo Police Department's Twitter page.

Dunn said the alerts are similar to the Amber Alerts which pop up on cell phones and has information specific to the weather-related emergency in present time.

The sirens' inactivity is not new. They have not been utilized in a couple of years locally. 

Additionally, the National Weather Service in San Angelo will issue alerts on NOAA weather radios. Weather radios are often battery-powered and will not be affected by power outages.

Local broadcast agencies will also be distributing the information.

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