Will ALERT Pinellas cost me anything?

Pinellas County offers this service for FREE.

If you choose to receive a notice by text messages, your service provider's standard text messaging fees will apply.

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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?