Wireless Emergency Alerts (updated 6/28)

Wisconsin Emergency Management Press Release

Selected NWS warnings will be send as Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) to mobile devices starting at 1 pm CDT Thursday June 28, 2012.

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WEA Press Release

Public Information Notice

Public Information Notice Amended
National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC
125 PM EDT Tue June 19 2012

To:       Subscribers:

          -Family of Services
          -NOAA Weather Wire Service
          -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network
          -Other NWS partners and NWS employees
From:     Michael J. Szkil
          Chief, Awareness Branch
          Performance and Awareness Division
          Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services
Subject: Amended Rollout Date of Critical NWS Warnings Coming to Wireless Emergency Alerts
Starting May 30, 2012, NWS warnings, watches, advisories, and special statements were pushed to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Integrated Public Alerts and Warning System (IPAWS), in Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) version 1.2 format. 

CAP is an industry standard for the exchange of emergency alert information.

The week of June 25th through June 29th is the new target week when FEMA plans to enable the capability for NWS warnings to pass through the FEMA Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) to the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS), also known as the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA). 

The rollout date was revised in order to resolve a connectivity issues between NWS and FEMA.

 NWS CAP messages will be formatted to trigger a warning notification on WEA-capable devices for the following NWS warning types:

- Tsunami Warnings                        - Hurricane and Typhoon Warnings          - Tornado Warnings
- Flash Flood Warnings                   - Extreme Wind Warnings                         - Blizzard & Ice Storm Warnings
- Dust Storm Warnings

The NWS push of CAP to IPAWS is an initial capability.   Modifications and improvements are currently planned for the summer of 2012 to maximize performance and reliability. Plans also include enabling NWS CAP messages to pass through IPAWS to the Emergency Alert System (EAS) in late summer 2012.

For information about IPAWS, please visit      http://www.fema.gov/emergency/ipaws/

Wireless carriers began rolling out the WEA service across the Nation on April 7, 2012. All major wireless carriers and hundreds of smaller carriers are taking part in WEA on a voluntary basis. For more information about WEA and a list of participating carriers, see http://fema.gov/emergency/ipaws/cmas.shtm

For information about EAS, please visit     http://www.fema.gov/emergency/ipaws/eas_info.shtm

The NWS has a web page containing WEA information at: http://weather.gov/wea

If you have any questions or comments about NWS participation in IPAWS, please contact:

Mike Gerber, Emerging Dissemination Technologies Program Lead, NOAA/National Weather Service Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services, Silver Spring, MD, 301-713-0090 x170, Mike.Gerber@noaa.gov

National Public Information Notices are online at: http://www.weather.gov/os/notif.htm 

Below is a graphic showing the format of the NWS warnings as they will appear as a WEA.  Clikc on graphic for larger version.

WEA message format

Additional information can be found in a previous Top News Story generated on May 16, 2012:  Wireless Emertgency Alerts on Your Mobie Device.  Our Top News of the Day archive can be found here.

NOAA had information about WEA services here.

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