Not all phones receive emergency alerts

Cell towers alert residents of severe weather

A text message flashed across Preston Leigh's phone at the height of today's storm.

"It's almost like the noise you hear on your TV when you get a weather alert," Leigh says of the accompanying chirp.

The message was a Wireless Emergency Alert sent by the National Weather Service.  Today's message included a tornado warning and urged users to seek shelter.  The program, which sends automatic text-like messages to cell phones, began last April.

But not all phones are capable of receiving such messages.  Though all major carriers participate in the program, only some phone models are able to accept the texts.

"I have a Verizon 4G phone and it's not fair that other people can get it, but I can't because anything can happen at anytime," Austin Jordan says.

I-Phones are also not included on the list of models accepting texts.

"I don't have cable at home, I don't really watch that much TV.  We just have internet.  Definitely the best way to get ahold of me is through text message or e-mail that I also get on my phone," I-Phone user Christopher Thurmond says.

The following models of phones are capable of receiving Wireless Emergency Alerts:

Verizon:

BlackBerry Bold™ 9930

BlackBerry Curve™ 9310

BlackBerry Curve 9330

BlackBerry Torch™ 9850

Casio GZ One Commando®

Casio GZ One Ravine®

DROID Incredible by HTC

DROID Incredible 4G LTE by HTC

HTC Rhyme™

Thunderbolt™ by HTC

HTC Trophy™

LG Cosmos™ 2

LG Enlighten™

Lucid™ by LG

LG Revere™

Revolution by LG

Motorola Barrage™

Motorola Citrus™

Droid 2 by Motorola

Droid 2 Global by Motorola

Droid 4 4G by Motorola

Droid Bionic by Motorola

Droid Pro by Motorola

Droid Razr by Motorola

Droid Razr Maxx by Motorola

Droid X by Motorola

Droid X2 by Motorola

Pantech Hotshot™

Pantech Jest™ 2

Pantech Marauder™

Samsung Brightside™

Samsung Convoy™ 2

Droid Charge by Samsung

Samsung Fascinate™

Samsung Galaxy S® III

Sprint:

Sanyo Inuendo

Sanyo Vero

Sanyo Milano

HTC EVO 3D

Samsung Galaxy SII

4G Touch

LG Marque

Kyocera DuraMax

Kyocera Duracore

Kyocera Brio

Samsung Trender

HTC EVO Design 4G

Samsung Transform Ultra

AT&T:

Samsung Galaxy SII (SGH-i777)

Samsung Captivate Glide (SGH-i927)

Motorola Atrix 2 (mb865)

T-Mobile:

T-Mobile Mytouch

Samsung Galaxy

HTC One S

Samsung Galazy S III

Nokia Lumia 710

T-Mobile Prism

Samsung t159

Bluegrass Cellular:

Motorola Milestone X2

Cellcom:

Motorola Milestone X2

Cricket:

Blackberry Curve 9350