WICHITA, Kan. -

Facebook may be great for keeping in touch with friends and family or posting cute pet photos, but not for getting urgent severe weather information.

"Especially lately, they'e made new changes with the Facebook algorithms," social media consultant Cheryl Gnad says. 

That's a fancy way of saying that Facebook is filtering the information you see.  A lot of posts from pages you've signed up for may never show up on your Facebook feed.

Gnad says it's because Facebook is trying to get organizations and businesses to buy ads.  If a post is paid for, then you can be sure it'll show up on your feed.  Otherwise, you can only expect to see one in six messages posted, even if they are warning you about severe weather.

So, the National Weather Service in Wichita has established a policy.

"We did not want that to be the sole source for them to get their warnings," NWS's Chance Hayes says.  "We do not post warnings in either Facebook or Twitter from the National Weather Service."

Instead, the Weather Service uses Facebook to provide supplemental information, or to announce an approaching threat, but never anything of an urgent or imminent nature.

"We want people to utilize multiple sources of information," Hayes adds.

At the top the list, he suggests a mobile app like the Storm Team 12 app.  There you can constantly monitor the weather and get severe weather alerts the moment they're issued.