This article explains how to download and use the myAlerts public mobile app.
myAlerts App Overview
The myAlerts public application is provided free of charge to anyone who would like to receive location-specific alerts. No sign-up is required, and no personal information is collected from this application other than the optionally-shared location of the mobile device running the application.
Alerts are typically weather (as originated from the National Weather Service) or government-issued Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS) notifications.
Users can add any number of interesting areas. Notifications of incoming alerts are handled according to preferences as set on the respective mobile device (such as audio alerts and banner notifications) and are customized for the app, not for individual areas selected in the application.
Where to Download the App
The mobile applications are available on both iOS and Android platforms.
Download the myAlerts App for iOS
To download the myAlerts app for iOS devices, search for "myAlerts" in the Apple App Store on your device or visit the myAlerts App Store page directly.
Download the myAlerts App for Android
To download the myAlerts app for Android devices, search for "myAlerts" in the Google Play Store on your device or visit the myAlerts Play Store page directly.
Locations can be added by searching or by the current Global Positioning System (GPS) setting if shared in the Privacy settings of the device.
The Quiet Hours customization allows further refinement of acceptable time windows. Note that the device’s “Privacy Settings” will override things here, if disabled for general notifications.
As alerts arrive, they will show up according to device preferences. Generally, allowed banners look like other banners, with the MYALERTS notice.
Tapping the notification banner brings up the most recent alert with all details.
Alerts can be seen in two different views: List View and Map View.
A list of alerts is shown, split into Active and Expired. The move from “Active” to “Expired” is automatic and handled by the information contained in the alert itself.
Under Map View, the screen switches show a map that is immediately centered on the current location of the device’s GPS. If this is different from the area of the alert, there may be no alert actually being shown on Map View.
Throughout the application, there are three icons that represent the type of notification received.
|App Icon||Notification Type|
|National Weather Service|
|Governmental Emergency Notification|