Sunday, May 27, 2012

Wireless Emergency Alerts

Perhaps this is old news, but I just bought a new Motorola DROID 4 from Verizon, and it came pre-loaded with an application called Emergency Alerts. I found a FAQ on Verizon's support site, and it appears to work like the Emergency Broadcast System. You know, those pesky warnings about thunderstorms and missing children that interrupt your favorite TV show? Well now your phone does the same thing.

Source: Verizon Wireless

<b>What are Wireless Emergency Alerts?</b>

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are free wireless notifications that are delivered to your mobile device as part of a new public safety system provided by Authorized Senders. They are designed to inform you of imminent threats to safety or missing persons alerts in your area.

In order to receive WEAs, you must have a capable device and be located in an area (e.g., county) targeted by Authorized Senders to receive the alert.

<b>Can I opt out of receiving Wireless Emergency Alerts?</b>

There are three types of Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA):

Presidential Alerts: about news of national authority concern Imminent Danger Alerts: Severe and Extreme alerts about weather events and threat levels Amber Alerts: about the disappearance of persons (minor or otherwise) You may change settings within your device to opt out of Imminent Danger and Amber Alerts, but you may not opt out of Presidential Alerts. You may find instructions for your specific device at the Verizon Wireless equipment site

This is a Suspicious News Brief. Read more at Verizon Wireless

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