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New Government Campaign Asks Residents to Sign Up for Free Emergency Alerts

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Officials are encouraging residents to sign up for free emergency text alerts from local governments in the Washington, D.C. region. The new campaign is part of CapitalAlert, a new regional advertising campaign that aims to raise awareness about these emergency alert systems.

The alerts offer official information about what to do and where to go in a major emergency. Alerts are sent to cell phones, PDAs, pagers and e-mail accounts.

Subscribers can choose what kind of alerts they want and how they want to receive them, as well as be notified about emergencies near their home, school or job. Alert categories range from severe weather and traffic to terrorism.

To sign up for the free emergency alerts, visit Capital Alert or subscribe directly from a cell phone. Send a text message to 411911 with the name of the county or city from which to receive alerts.

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Professional photographers give us the latest on cameras, smart phones and shooting tips for great vacation photos this summer -- and every day.

NPR

For Greece's Farmers, Growing Pressure To Be More Competitive

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Obama's Trip to Africa & Foreign Aid

By visiting Africa this month, President Obama is drawing attention to one of the diplomatic tools that most directly shapes America's relationships with other countries: foreign aid and assistance. But now all policy makers at home feel the United States is pursuing the soundest strategy when it comes to providing aid abroad. We explore the issue with the official in charge of the Africa portfolio for the United States Agency for International Development.

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Taking Great Photos On Vacation Or "Staycation"

Professional photographers give us the latest on cameras, smart phones and shooting tips for great vacation photos this summer -- and every day.

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