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Twitter is launching a new alert system that allows emergency officials to directly communicate via text messages and notifications for users who opt in.
More than 60 organizations have signed up, including FEMA and emergency management departments in several states.
Twitter users who sign up can decide which alerts they will get.
When organizations send out alerts, they will show up on the users' cell phone.
Twitter says the goal is to get credible information out when other communication services may be down.