Wireless Emergency Alerts Activated for the NWS

FEMA to Activate Wireless Emergency Alerts for the National Weather Service on June 28

Key Points

  • Beginning at 12:00 p.m. MDT, the most critical National Weather Service warnings will be triggering Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on WEA-capable phones. 
  • National Weather Service produced Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) messages are pushed to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS).  These messages are formatted to trigger a WEA broadcast for the following types of NWS warnings:
    • Tornado Warnings
    • Flash Flood Warnings
    • Hurricane and Typhoon Warnings
    • Extreme Wind Warnings
    • Blizzard and Ice Storm Warnings
    • Dust Storm Warnings
    • The NWS will be working to enable Tsunami Warnings for WEA through the summer.

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