FCC Announces WEA Improvements

On December 20, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai announced that Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) has implemented improvements to their system which are intended to provide recipients with more geographically accurate and detailed alerts.

WEA was established in 2008 via the Warning, Alert and Response Network (WARN) Act and it became operational in 2012. WEA alerts were created to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations via alerts on compatible cell phones and other mobile devices.

The augmentations to the WEA system will also allow local officials to more precisely send geotargeted wireless alerts to regions impacted by an emergency without unnecessarily reaching communities not impacted by that specific emergency. Additionally, these improvements will provide officials the ability to send more informative and relevant content in alert messages. If you would like additional information on this announcement, please click here.

Please contact APWA Government Affairs Manager Marty Williams at mwilliams@apwa.netor (202) 218-6732 with any questions.