Know About New Wireless Alerts: Fairfax Prepares Day 11

day 11 iconWireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) 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. The National Weather Service and Fairfax County are among the select entities that can send these messages to your phone regardless if you signed up.

The messages are sent based on your location.

We encourage you to keep these messages turned on so you can be warned of a danger based on your location.

Wireless Emergency Alert exampleHowever, 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.

For more information about Wireless Emergency Alerts, read the WEA Fact Sheet. More information on WEAs also is online at

Exclamation point iconTHE ASK: Check your phone and see if it is WEA-enabled and keep the settings on to receive wireless alerts.

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