Smartphone users around the country will begin receiving tests from the government soon. Don’t worry, big brother isn’t looking at your Instagram gallery or high score in Angry Birds. Sophisticated technology will allow the National Weather Service to sent emergency alerts to warn you about nasty weather.

Starting Thursday, the new system will let you know about tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards and other harmful weather conditions. You won’t be charged for the text and you don’t need to sign up. You can opt out if you don’t wish to receive the warnings.

The system doesn’t work with all phones or in all areas yet so you may not receive a warning that a friend or family member does.

Be sure to look ahead to plan for nasty weather conditions. Hot 99.1’s weather service is constantly being updated 24-7.