FCC Reminds State and Local Governments on WEA for COVID-19 Alerts
Friday, April 03, 2020 | Comments

The FCC reminded authorized alert originators, including state and local governments, that the wireless emergency alert (WEA) system is available as a tool to provide life-saving information to the public during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

In recent years, the FCC, together with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and participating commercial mobile service providers, have taken measures to promote the effectiveness of WEA and to make such messages more accessible. These enhancements include the capability to send more detailed alerts of up to 360 characters for Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks, the option to convey recommended actions for saving lives or property for use in connection with imminent threat messages, and the ability to send alerts in Spanish language.

FEMA provides guidance on its website on how authorized alert originators can leverage the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) for emergency alerts regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

The full FCC notice is here.

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