Monthly Archives: April 2013


How Can Wireless Emergency Alerts Benefit Local Media? Boston Bombing Shows How

How Can Wireless Emergency Alerts Benefit Local Media and Broadcasters?
The best examples of best practices often come from real life.  Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) showed the rest of us strong best practices when they issued the shelter-in-place order last week.  MEMA used the new broadcast cell system, Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), to help spread the […]


Wireless Emergency Alerts Used in Boston Bombings

Many of you have been asking if the new cell broadcast alert system, Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), were used in Boston.  The answer:  Yes.

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is among the state agencies across the nation with ability and authority to issue imminent threat WEA messages through the system.  On April 19th, the day the […]


Lessons Learned from the Nationwide EAS Test (FCC Report)

On November 9, 2011, FEMA successfully initiated the Emergency Action Notification (EAN), the live code used for Presidential activations of the nationwide EAS.
The FCC subsequently has collected and analyzed thousands of reports, including some that came in as recently as November 2012, held
discussions with FEMA and other stakeholders to analyze the data contained in these […]


Is Geo-Targeting Wireless Emergency Alerts Possible?

Have mobile carriers made it possible to target alerts from the new national cellular alerting system to geographic areas smaller than counties?
Are they, or aren’t they?    It seems that way.

Under the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations that established the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS), now officially known as Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), alerts were to […]


The National Weather Service Issues 3,185 WEA Alerts

If you think the national cell broadcast program is simply on its way, think again.  The National Weather Service (NWS) tells us that they alone have issued Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) through the system 3,185 times since July.  NWS was the first out of the box to start using WEA, which sends special text alerts […]


Why did the FCC do away with CMAS?

Why did the FCC do away with CMAS?
Goodbye CMAS! Hello WEA!  The Federal Communciations Commission (FCC) has officially changed the name of the new national cell broadcast system from the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) to Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA).  The reason is pretty simple:  it was confusing for wireless carriers to use WEA and […]