Why do I need ALERT Pinellas when I have TV to keep me informed?

ALERT Pinellas provides an additional level of safety.  If the power goes out, you may not be able to depend on your TV.  However, because telephone lines are self-powered and most people now have cell phones, we can continue to keep you informed through messages delivered by ALERT Pinellas.  You should always have at least TWO ways of staying connected to receive urgent news.

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1. What is ALERT Pinellas and why is it important?
2. Am I already included in the ALERT Pinellas database?
3. Do I need to create my own account?
4. Can I change my options?
5. How do they notifications work?
6. What agencies will send notifications?
7. When will ALERT Pinellas be used?
8. Why do I need ALERT Pinellas when I have TV to keep me informed?
9. What if my phone number or email address changes?
10. How will I recognize an ALERT Pinellas message?
11. What should I do if I receive an ALERT Pinellas message?
12. If I have a cordless phone, it does not work when the power goes out. How am I going to get the ALERT Pinellas message?
13. Will ALERT Pinellas leave a message on a machine?
14. What circumstances might prohibit ALERT Pinellas from delivering a message to me?
15. If a notification is sent out, is it guaranteed I will receive it if I register?
16. Will ALERT Pinellas cost me anything?
17. Do I need to install software on my phone?
18. If I registered with ALERT Pinellas or a previous Emergency Notification System, do I need to register again?