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New way to get warnings

May 30, 2012

  An exciting new era in weather warnings starts in June. Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) will begin next month. WEA are emergency messages sent by authorized government alerting authorities through your mobile carrier. Government partners include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service. Detailed information can be found on the Central Region NWS site: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php?wfo=crh&storyid=83063&source=0.

  Not all wireless devices support WEA. As explained in FAQ #10 on the Central Region link above, many mobile devices, especially older ones, are not WEA-capable. When you buy a new mobile device, it probably will be able to receive WEA messages. For information about which mobile devices are WEA-capable, please visit http://www.ctia.org/wea or contact your wireless carrier.  In the coming months, don’t assume that there is no warning in your area just because it doesn’t appear on your mobile phone. Looking ahead, I’m glad that wireless carriers plan to make new phones WEA compatible.

  It’s great that timely warnings will get to more people. This new service is a nice addition to warning information that’s now delivered by weather radio, TV, commercial radio, internet sites and phone apps.

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