New System for Cell Phones to Receive Amber Alerts
This month we bring you:
NEW SYSTEM FOR CELL PHONES TO RECEIVE AMBER ALERTS
In the past, if someone wanted to receive Amber Alerts issued in their zip code, they had to sign up to receive it. A new FEMA system now provides Amber Alert messages to most cell phones automatically.
Wireless Emergency Alerts is a new national emergency alert system that sends concise, text-like messages to capable mobile devices.
Beginning January 1, 2013, wireless providers representing nearly 97% of subscribers started delivering these Amber Alert messages. Severe weather alerts began being issued last June. Most cell phones, but not all, are able to receive the alerts. Mobile users are not charged for these messages, but are automatically enrolled in this system.
The new Wireless Emergency Alerts system can deliver 3 kinds of alerts:
The Emergency Alerts are broadcast to all cell phone subscribers who are physically located in a specific geographic area, much like a radio broadcast. Any capable device will pick up the broadcast. If you are from Phoenix, Arizona and are visiting Detroit, Michigan while an Amber Alert is issued, you will receive the Detroit Amber Alert.
The Emergency Alerts use their own alert sound, which some people describe as a loud “weather alert.”
The first Florida Amber Alert for 2013 was issued on Monday January 14, startling many Florida residents. The message read, “An AMBER Alert has been issued in your area, please check local media.”
The message was designed to alert people that a problem exists, and direct them to the media to get details.
The Florida Amber Alert was for a 2 year-old girl who disappeared. You’ll be happy to know she was found safe hours later.
Amber Alerts save lives.
You can get further information on these alerts and check your cell phone carrier’s information by clicking here.
You can see the latest Amber Alert news, click here.
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