Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

FEMA Emergency Alerts

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

FEMA Emergency Alerts

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2016 HURRICANE GUIDE

Why are Wireless Emergency Alerts important to me? Alerts received at the right time can help keep you safe during an emergency. With WEA, warnings can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm's way, without need to download an app or subscribe to a service.

What are WEA messages? WEA are emergency messages sent by authorized government alerting authorities through your mobile carrier.

What types of alerts will I receive? Extreme weather and other threatening emergencies in your area; AMBER Alerts; Presidential Alerts during a national emergency

What does a WEA message look like? WEA will look like a text message. The WEA message will show the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert. The message will be no more than 90 characters.

How will I know the difference between WEA and a regular text message? WEA messages include a special tone and vibration, both repeated twice.

What types of WEA messages will the National Weather Service send? Tsunami Warnings; Tornado and Flash Flood Warnings; Hurricane, Typhoon, Dust Storm and Extreme Wind Warnings

What are AMBER Alerts? AMBER Alerts are urgent bulletins issued in child-abduction cases. The America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response Alert Program is a voluntary partnership between law- enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies and the wireless industry.

Who will send WEAs to issue AMBER Alerts? The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, in coordination with State and Local public safety officials, sends out AMBER Wireless Emergency Alerts through IPAWS.

Will I receive a WEA message if I'm visiting an area where I don't live, or outside the area where my phone is registered? Yes, if you have a WEA-capable phone and your wireless carrier participates in the program. …

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