With more devices than Americans, it’s logical emergency personnel view mobile devices as important communications tools to alert people as soon as possible that their lives or property are seriously at risk. While it's a little later than expected, the free SMS emergency notification system has now gone live.
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are emergency messages sent by authorized government alerting authorities through your mobile carrier. Yes, if you have a WEA-capable phone and your wireless carrier participates in the program. If you travel into a threat area after an alert is first sent, your WEA-capable device will receive the message when you enter the area.

You can opt-out of receiving WEA messages for imminent threats and AMBER alerts, but not for Presidential messages. If your provider is not listed, it is likely working to make the alerts available for its customers soon. Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) messages will be delivered to cell towers in affected areas, which will then broadcast them to all compatible devices in their range. Government partners include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service.
For example: Colorado residents received alerts about floods, evacuation routes and road conditions.

Based on the information received from the alerting originator, the wireless providers disseminate the message to WEA-capable phones in the specified geographic zone. In addition, many of the new phones that are sold from participating carriers are able to transmit these alerts.
To confirm your device is capable of receiving the alerts and are available in your area, please check with your wireless provider.

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