LOS ANGELES (CBS) β€” You could soon start receiving text messages from the U.S. government in response to potential weather emergencies.

The Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) service launched on Monday is the result of a partnership between federal officials and national wireless carriers including AT&T, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless.

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The service will be provided free of charge by the National Weather Service and will not require consumers to sign up to receive the alerts.

It marks the first-ever such partnership by the federal government and the wireless industry that will provide location-based alerts, meaning you would receive an alert based upon whatever emergency may be happening near you even while traveling.

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The alerts will include weather warnings for any event including a hurricane, tornado, flash flood, blizzard or other disaster.

In addition to weather and earthquake warnings, the service will also provide updated AMBER Alerts for missing children and even a national-level Presidential Alert β€” the only type of service which does not offer an opt-out for recipients.

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The National Weather Service will also receive support for the alert system from the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, and other agencies.