These messages will include:
- Tsunami Warnings
- Hurricane and Typhoon Warnings
- Tornado Warnings
- Flash Flood Warnings
- Extreme Wind Warnings
- Dust Storm Warnings
Thunderstorm warnings will not be issued on the WEA system. These short messages may look like a text message and are limited to 90-characters. Other key information includes:
- The alert message will include a unique ringtone and vibration that will be repeated twice
- Cell phone users WILL NOT be charged for WEA Messages
- Emergency alerts will not interrupt any calls or downloads in progress. You will receive the alert when you end your call.
- The system does not identify your location or phone number. It simply sends the message to all devices in a given area
- Cell phone providers will conduct a monthly test on the third Thursday
If you have an older model cell phone, you may not receive the Wireless Emergency Alerts. Check with your service provider to find out if your phone is WEA-capable.
Other Types of Cell Phone Alerts
Later in 2012, first responder groups will also be able to issue an alert to cell phones for emergency items including Amber Alerts for child abduction, local emergencies required evacuation or immediate action and Presidential Alerts during a national emergency. Cell phone users can opt out of receiving these alerts by contacting their cell phone provider.