Many people take the emergency alerts they now get on their mobile devices for granted, but not everyone’s phone has that capability. If you’ve got Google Now, you’re in luck–well–now. Did you hear it rained 20″ in Florida today? You would have!
Not a perfect substitute, but a step in a safe direction, Google Now handles emergency weather alerts. It might not have the same level of urgency, but they do show up in the notification area. So yea, with Tornadoes scurrying across the nation, why not have a little more piece of mind?