What is a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA)?

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are emergency messages sent by authorized government alerting authorities through your mobile carrier. There are three types of alerts: Extreme weather and other threatening emergencies in your area, AMBER Alerts, and Presidential alerts during a national emergency. A WEA will look like a text message. The WEA message will 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. You can opt out of receiving WEA messages for imminent threats and AMBER Alerts, but not for Presidential messages. To opt out, adjust settings on your mobile device (if you don’t know how to do this, contact your mobile carrier for information).