Emergency management agencies in West Virginia use Nixle, Facebook or Twitter to communicate important messages.
Soon they'll add secure Integrated Public Alert and Warning Systems, or I-PAWS.
TVs and radios receive alerts through the Emergency Alert System.
I-PAWS sends wireless emergency alerts to cell phones and other mobile devices in affected areas.
The warnings will be broadcast to all phones within range of designated cell towers.
Farrell said Upshur County OEM has the software and will start using it.
Call your cell phone service provider if you're not sure if your phone is able to receive the messages.