Twitter is launching a new alerts systems, that allows emergency officials to directly communicate, via text messages and twitter notifications, with users who opt in. More than 60 organizations have signed up, including FEMA and emergency management departments in several states. Twitter users who sign up can decide which alerts they will get. And when organizations send out alerts, they will show up on the users' cell phone. Twitter says the goal is get credible info out when other communications services may be down.
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