Know the Tone: New Federal Wireless Emergency Alerts

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Over the past year, many Americans have received important and life-saving announcements from new technology that they may know they had: a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA). Our cell phones can now potentially help save lives and keep us safe.

You do not need to register to receive WEA notifications. You will automatically receive alerts if you have a WEA-capable phone and your wireless carrier participates in the program. The following cellular service providers in the southeast Missouri area offer WEA notifications based on your phone’s capabilities:

WEAs are free messages sent by local public safety officials and the National Weather Service to warn about imminent danger, AMBER Alerts, and Presidential alerts during national emergencies.

Emergencies can occur at any time and in any place. Since June 2012, more than 3,500 WEAs have been issued, including alerts that were sent to various areas during Hurricane Sandy last year. The 90-character WEAs use one-way cell broadcast technology to send alerts even if other wireless voice and data services in the area are highly congested.

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September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). It is a time to prepare yourself and those in your care for emergencies and disasters. If you’ve seen the news recently, you know that emergencies can happen unexpectedly in communities just like yours, to people like you. Nationally, there recently have been tornado outbreaks, river floods and flash floods, historic earthquakes, tsunamis, and even water main breaks and power outages in U.S. cities affecting millions of people for days at a time.

More information about National Preparedness Month on the City’s Blog

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