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What are Wireless Emergency Alerts?

Persons in Douglas County may receive Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) messages on their cell phones.  These messages are emergency messages sent by authorized local, state and federal government alerting authorities through mobile cell phone carriers.  The types of messages currently being sent are those related to community emergencies, extreme weather, AMBER alerts for missing persons and Presidential Alerts during a national emergency.  The WEA system is a joint effort of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  Most all cell phones in use today are able to receive WEA text messages.  WEA text messages are limited in size and are therefore brief.  Public Safety departments and select government authorities in Douglas County are authorized to send WEA text messages to residents in Douglas County.   The National Weather Service will disseminate WEA text messages that pertain to severe weather and flooding.  The use of the national WEA system covers a large geographic area and operates from cell towers across the country.  For more information on the WEA system, click on the links below.

www.fema.gov/wireless-emergency-alerts

http://www.fcc.gov/guides/wireless-emergency-alerts-wea

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