Did You Receive a Wireless Emergency Alert Last Night?
Posted 11:50 a.m.
You may have received a new kind of automatic alert on your mobile phone last night advising you of flooding threats. These are the new Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) built into newer smartphones. The National Weather Service sent last night’s alerts based on your location.
Wireless Emergency Alerts are free informational text messages sent to WEA-enabled phones within range of an imminent and dangerous local situation, severe weather event or AMBER alert. Fairfax County now has the capability to send these messages, too (but we did not send last night’s).
We encourage you to keep these messages turned on so you can be warned of a danger based on your location.
However, you can adjust alert settings on your device. You can opt-out of imminent hazard & AMBER alerts (but not Presidential alerts), but again, it is for your safety to be alerted to something like an imminent tornado based on your location if you’re at a park or inside your home. These alerts are not intended to be used frequently. Opt-in alert systems like our Community Emergency Alert Network and other tools from the National Weather Service provide more frequent alerts.
To find out if your mobile device is capable of receiving WEA alerts, contact your mobile device carrier or visit CTIA The Wireless Association.
View this one-minute video for more information, too: