Twitter introduces emergency alert system on their service. The new system helps public institutions and NGOs to send out emergency alerts with text messages and push notifications in times of crisis.

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Twitter officially announced on their company blog post “Today, we’re launching Twitter Alerts, a new feature that brings us one step closer to helping users get important and accurate information from credible organizations during emergencies, natural disasters or moments when other communications services aren’t accessible.” announced by Gaby Pena, Product Manager at Twitter.

How its works?

Users can sign up from specific accounts, and will receive a text or push notification to them if the account sent a tweet it labels as an alert. The alert will notify with alongside an orange bell icon on the Twitter feed.

The American Red Cross, FEMA, and global non-profits like the World Health Organization, New Jersey State Police lot of international accounts speciallly in Japan already started to work on this news system.