1. yaynative's Avatar
    We had a thunderstorm today that was enough for the news to pace a ticker on the bottom of the channel with a warning to stay inside and mentioned flash flooding. I would have thought the wireless alert would have kicked in for that.
    06-18-2013 02:09 PM
  2. kch50428's Avatar
    From Wireless Emergency Alerts | FEMA.gov

    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
    -Blizzard, Ice Storm, and Lake Effect Snow Warnings
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    06-18-2013 02:14 PM
  3. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    My primary account is Verizon and the emergency alert tone has sounded a couple of times but not for the typical thunderstorms. On both occasions, there were threats of serious tornadic activity. More information regarding EAS can be found via the link below:

    06-18-2013 02:17 PM
  4. kch50428's Avatar
    EAS is a radio/tv/cable thing - not associated with cell phone government alerts...
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    06-18-2013 02:18 PM
  5. yaynative's Avatar
    Thanks for the info. Interesting why one system seems it alert worthy and the other doesn't.
    06-18-2013 02:24 PM
  6. John Yester's Avatar
    For weather alerts I use TWC SMS and a few push alerts in apps

    ​But the Wireless alert have only activated for Amber alerts for me.
    06-18-2013 02:26 PM
  7. fatfury's Avatar
    I just got my 1st emergency alert about 20 minutes ago. Scared the crap out of me because I had my headphones in surfing the web.
    07-01-2013 02:12 AM
  8. qbnkelt's Avatar
    I got one last Friday while I was at work. It was for a flood warning in the DC area.

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk 2
    07-01-2013 06:29 AM
  9. yaynative's Avatar
    Not that I want an emergency, but I haven't received one yet even though EAS has been activated for severe thunderstorms and flash flooding for my area several times during the past two weeks.
    07-01-2013 06:37 AM
  10. Fausty82's Avatar
    Yeah, my wife and I each got one last night, about 45 seconds apart. It was a severe dust storm warning... and youre right, it did startle me... no way wed sleep through that!
    07-01-2013 10:24 AM
  11. Laelipoo's Avatar
    I got one. Mine wasn't very loud but his startled the heck out of me.
    07-01-2013 10:30 AM
  12. audit's Avatar
    Didn't get any alerts for last Thursday when there was a storm that was coming through so bad in our county that the freeway's were at a standstill due to the rain, hail and lightning for over 2hr's. On AT&T with 3 iPhones, 2 5's and 1 4GS and no alerts on any of them.
    07-01-2013 11:23 AM
  13. John Yester's Avatar
    Just a few other details....

    Who sends Wireless Emergency Alerts?

    The alerts are initiated by authorized federal, state, local and tribal public safety agencies and aggregated by FEMA.

    So just because the National Weather Service has warnings, etc out.. The Wireless alerts may not be received.. And here is why...

    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
    -Blizzard, Ice Storm, and Lake Effect Snow Warnings

    Next, FEMA transmits the messages to the participating wireless carriers. Finally, the wireless carriers broadcast the message to subscribers with WEA-capable phones in the specified geographic zone.

    Do all local, state and federal government agencies participate in sending Wireless Emergency Alerts?

    No, not all local, state or federal agencies are authorized by FEMA to send Wireless Emergency Alerts through the alerting system. To find out if a particular agency is authorized, subscribers should check with their government authorities.

    For more information on Wireless Emergency Alerts, please visit:

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    07-01-2013 11:32 AM
  14. Eileen89's Avatar
    I turned all of these alerts off under settings.
    07-01-2013 08:54 PM
  15. fatfury's Avatar
    Ok so I got another set...yes SET of emergency alerts for a sever dust storm in my area. One came in then about 30 minutes later another for the same thing and this time when I pressed "Dismiss" I immediately got another one. RIIIIIIDICULOUS! Lol.

    I think the alerts need to be tweaked a little bit
    07-03-2013 01:00 AM
  16. ios4ever's Avatar
    Yup...it's been raining pretty hard... no biggie
    07-03-2013 01:55 AM
  17. John Yester's Avatar
    According to some of the FAQ....

    Some people seem to be making some stuff up....

    Weather warnings on the go!

    Imagine this: You’re driving down the highway, humming along to your favorite tunes, when the cell phone stowed in your bag suddenly makes a strange noise. To investigate, you take the next exit and safely pull over to check the screen. Good thing you did: Your phone just alerted you to a tornado a few miles away in same county you’re driving through.

    Sound plausible? It is. America’s wireless industry is helping to build a Weather-Ready Nation through a nationwide text emergency alert system, called Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), which will warn you when weather threatens. Read the rest of the article on NOAA.gov.
    Other Frequently Asked Questions
    1. What are WEA messages?

    Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are emergency messages sent by authorized government alerting authorities through your mobile carrier. Government partners include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service.

    2. Why is this important to me?

    Alerts received at the right time can help keep you safe during an emergency. With WEA, alerts 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.

    3. What types of alerts will I receive?

    • Extreme weather warnings
    • Local emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate action
    • AMBER Alerts
    • Presidential Alerts during a national emergency

    4. What does a WEA message look like?

    Example of a Wireless Emergency Alert on an iPhone 5 (AT&T).

    WEA will look like a text message. The WEA message will typically 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.

    5. How will I know the difference between WEA and a regular text message?

    WEA messages include a special tone and vibration, both repeated twice.

    6. What types of WEA messages will the National Weather Service send?

    • Tsunami Warnings (coming late 2013)
    • Tornado and Flash Flood Warnings
    • Hurricane, Typhoon, Dust Storm and Extreme Wind Warnings
    • Blizzard and Ice Storm Warnings

    7. What should I do when I receive a WEA message?

    Follow any action advised by the emergency message. Seek more details from your favorite TV or radio station, NOAA Weather Radio, news website, desktop application, mobile application, or other trusted source of information.

    8. 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. For information about which mobile devices are WEA-capable and carrier participation, please visit Wireless Emergency Alerts on Your Mobile Device or contact your wireless carrier.

    9. What if I travel into a threat area after a WEA message is already sent?

    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.

    10. When will I start receiving WEA messages from the NWS?

    The NWS began participation in the WEA service in late June 2012. Some mobile devices, especially older ones, are not WEA-capable. When you buy a new mobile device, it probably will be able to receive WEA messages. For more details on WEA, including links to your wireless service providers’ unique WEA service information, please visit: www.ctia.org/wea.

    11. Is this the same service public safety agencies have asked the public to register for?

    No, but they are complementary. Local agencies may have asked you to sign up to receive telephone calls, text messages, or emails. Those messages often include specific details about a critical event. WEA are very short messages designed to get your attention in an emergency situation. They may not give all the details you receive from other notification services.

    12. Will I be charged for receiving WEA messages?

    No. This service is offered for free by wireless carriers. WEA messages will not count towards texting limits on your wireless plan.

    13. Does WEA know where I am? Is it tracking me?

    No. WEA use radio technology to broadcast the alert from cell towers to mobile devices in the area of the threat. Therefore, WEA doesn’t don't know exactly who is tuned in.

    14. Will a WEA message interrupt my phone conversations?

    No, the alert will be delayed until you finish your call.

    15. How often will I receive WEA messages?

    You may receive frequent WEA messages during an emergency. Message frequency depends on the number of imminent threats to life or property in your area.

    16. If, during an emergency, I can't make or receive calls or text messages due to network congestion, will I still be able to receive a WEA message?

    Yes, WEA messages are not affected by network congestion.

    17. What if I don't want to receive WEA messages?

    You can opt-out of receiving WEA messages for imminent threats and AMBER alerts, but not for Presidential messages. To opt out, please refer to instructions from your wireless carrier or visitWireless Emergency Alerts on Your Mobile Device for more information.
    Some cell phones allow the users to opt-in and opt-out directly on their devices. These devices differentiate the imminent threat alerts into two categories - "Extreme alerts" and "Severe alerts" as shown in the image below.

    The Extreme alerts from the National Weather Service include warnings for tornadoes, extreme winds, hurricanes and typhoons. Tsunami warnings will also become available as Extreme alerts later in 2013. The Severe alerts from National Weather Service include warnings for flash floods, dust storms, blizzards and ice storms. For example, by keeping Extreme alert selected and de-selecting Severe alert, the user would still be capable of receiving Extreme alerts, but would not receive Severe alerts on their cell phone.

    18. Why did I receive an alert when there was no warning in effect for my location?

    WEA messages are broadcast using radio-like technology from cell towers in, and sometimes around, the actual warning area. Therefore, an alert can reach cell phones outside of the actual warning area depending on the broadcast range of the cell towers which broadcast the alert. This overreach is typically more prevalent in rural areas than in more densely populated cities.
    19. How will I receive alerts if I don't have a WEA-capable device?

    WEA is one of many ways you can receive emergency notifications. Other sources include NOAA Weather Radio, news media coverage, the Emergency Alert System on radio and TV broadcasts, desktop applications, mobile applications, and other alerting methods offered by local and state public safety agencies. Your best use of WEA is to immediately seek additional information about the imminent threat impacting your area.
    07-03-2013 03:12 PM
  18. John Yester's Avatar
    In addition..... In passing the WARN Act, Congress allowed participating carriers to offer subscribers the capability to block all WEAs except those issued by the President.
    07-03-2013 03:17 PM

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