If you're like me, you get a slew of messages, emails, and voice mails on your phone daily. It got so bad for me that over time, I tended not to pay much attention, even ignore them. That's not a good thing because you could be ignoring an emergency.

That’s the big reason why Wireless Emergency Alerts have a distinct vibration and alert tone. The alerts are designed to make you pay attention because there’s a potential emergency in your area.

The alert tone is a cross between a siren and an alarm clock, according to an article on fema.gov. Again, the reason for the special tone and distinctive alert is to get your attention because a local official determined an emergency is happening in your area. Most of the newer smartphones have this alert feature capability, but to be sure, you should check the notification feature on your phone. The alert could save your life.