Found a way to get severe weather alerts on the phone. I was worrying a bit last night as the weather was foul and we live in an area that doesn't give warning sirens, so how would I know if a tornado was rolling in? (We had a warning last night and again this morning). So, I did some searching online and found this:
Create an account and from there you can get severe weather alerts and manage which alerts you get too. It's sent by text, which is the most reliable for severe weather. And it's free and works on all sorts of plans and services. Just signed up so now I can sleep more peacefully when it's a stormy night with my phone by my bed.