Video games have always had bells and whistles to alert you to virtual bad guys and other threats, now they will have the same for the real world.
Video games being played will pause while the alerts flash. The system is set to go live next year, according to the Post.
"Not all people receive information just through radio and TV, so the idea is to reach them through other avenues," Dennis Michalski, spokesman for the state department of Emergency Management, told the paper.
To sign up for the text message version of alerts, which are currently available, go to nyalert.gov.