Learn More About New Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA)
Posted at 2 p.m.
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are free informational text messages that are sent to WEA-enabled cellphones within range of an imminent and dangerous local situation, severe weather event or AMBER emergency. Fairfax County now has the capability to send these messages and other jurisdictions may soon have the ability, too.
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.