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Wireless Emergency Alerts

 

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA)

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) send free informational text messages to WEA-enabled cell phones within range of an imminent and dangerous local situation, severe weather event or AMBER emergency.

 

WEAs are emergency messages sent by local authorized government authorities through wireless carriers' networks. The alerts include a unique sound and vibration, are no more than 90 characters, and instruct specific actions individuals should take.  

  • • The WEA notification is designed to get your attention and notify you with a unique sound and vibration.
  • • Public safety officials use WEA to send you essential information whenever you are near the location of a life-threatening event.
  • • You will automatically receive alerts if you have WEA-capable phone and your wireless carrier participates in the program.
  • • To find out if your mobile device is capable of receiving WEA alerts, contact your mobile device carrier or visit CTIA The Wireless Association.

 

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Learn more at www.Ready.gov/alerts. For more information about Wireless Emergency Alerts, read the WEA Fact Sheet.