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Text Your MAMA

By Bob on May 16, 2013 4:53 AM

I've lived in Texas all of my life, where the cliché is "If you don't like the weather, wait a minute and it'll change." That's a true statement in this state where the weather can go from "Let's have a picnic" to "holy-shi*-we're-all-gonna-die" in about 30 seconds. Been there. Survived that. I'll 'splain.

Mayfest storm-600.jpgCharlotte, Cole and I along with our friends the Ross family barely survived the infamous Mayfest storm in 1995. It still rates as the most expensive storm in Texas history ($1.1 billion in damage).

Shi* gets real, y'all!

Hail-350.jpgWe barely made it to our Jeep Grand Cherokee before hail the size of canned hams pounded us for a solid 45 minutes. Oh yeah, and the tornado-force winds actually lifted our SUV off the ground. Good times.

Here's what you'll get when shi* gets real.

NWS-580.jpgThat's why I was happy to come across the new Mobile warning Alert Messaging Application (MAMA) from the National Weather Service. The FREE service automatically sends weather alerts to your mobile device for the area(s) you select based on your Zip Code.

Here's how it works.

Text your Zip Code to 56149 and you'll receive a text message anytime the NWS issues a weather warning for that area.

Weather alerts include warnings for severe weather, winter weather, marine, coastal and tropical weather, fire-related weather conditions and more. When you text 56149, you'll receive a text reply telling you that you've subscribed to the program. That's all there is to it.

The MAMA Service is available on just about every carrier and - while it is free - standard messaging rates will apply based on your cell plan.

I have a LOT of apps on my phone, but this is one I know I'll never regret. With enough notice, I'll have time to grab a bottle of strawberry infused jalapeno tequila or Hill Family Estates Wine before Charlotte and I seek shelter under our staircase.

Experience has taught me that if you're gonna ride one of these out, you might as well be comfortable.


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