(WICHITA, Kan.) — The Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are a partnership between the National Weather Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
They alerts are also known as the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) or Personal Localized Alerting Network (PLAN).
Types of Alerts:
- Presidential Alerts – Alerts issued by the President or a designee
- Imminent Threat Alerts – Alerts that include severe man-made or natural disasters, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, etc., where an imminent threat to life or property exists
- AMBER Alerts – Alerts that meet the U.S. Department of Justice’s criteria to help law enforcement search for and locate an abducted child.
How Do I Get The Alerts?
You need WEA capable phone in order to receive the mesages. Not all service providers are capable of issuing them. The ones that are include AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular.
Do I Have to Sign Up?
No. These alerts will automatically come to your WEA capable device starting in June.