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Emergency alerts system set to launch

Beginning in June 2012 a new type of emergency alert system is scheduled to launch across the country.  The federal government and wireless phone service providers have built a system - called Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) or Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) - that will send a text-like message to your phone.  These messages will be sent directly to phones that are in an area impacted by a threat and to phones that enter into an impacted area. More>>

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  • CMAS compatible phones

    CMAS compatible phones

    Please note that the phones capable of receiving CMAS alerts will continue to grow and change.  This is a partial list of phones which was provided to us by wireless carriers.  Please check with yourMore >>
    By 2013, all new phones will be WEA/CMAS capable. Click here to see a partial list of phones that are currently WEA capable.More >>
  • WEA versus WQOW Text Alerts

    WEA versus WQOW Text Alerts

    Though the WEA/CMAS alert may look like a text (SMS) message, they are not technically a text message.  There are unique features of each message type which WEA/CMAS can be sent very quickly to a largeMore >>
    See the differences between WEA/CMAS alerts and WQOW text alerts.More >>
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