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Wireless Emergency Alerts

Wireless Emergency Alerts are notifications sent by authorized federal, state, local and tribal government agencies to WEA-capable devices about imminent threats to safety, such as a severe weather event or a missing child alert.

The messages are intended as a supplement to the existing Emergency Alert System, which broadcasts alerts over radio or television, and are possible through a collaboration of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the wireless industry.

  • Mobile users are automatically enrolled to receive the Wireless Emergency Alerts and are not charged for receiving these text-like alerts. Note: Check your phone if you are not sure whether you have this capability. Older model devices may not be able to receive Wireless Emergency Alerts.
  • The alerts are only sent when there is an imminent weather threat (Tsunami Warning, Tornado Warning, Hurricane Warning or Extreme Wind Warning), a missing child (Amber Alert) or a presidential alert.
  • The alerts are short, 90-character information messages that will alert you; you may then check the media or other sources for additional information. 
  • These are geographically targeted alerts that are similar to a text message; however, they have a unique sound.
  • If an emergency alert is issued and you are in that area with a WEA-capable phone, you will receive the message. WEA alerts are rebroadcast until the emergency situation has passed and is no longer a threat to those in the area. If you are traveling into an affected area after the original alert has been issued, you will receive the message. If you are not in your home region, and an emergency alert is issued there, you will not receive the alert.

 

Other Ways to Stay Informed about Weather

  • Register for email or text weather alerts through local TV stations.
  • WESH Channel 2: http://www.wesh.com/connect/email
  • WKMG Channel 6: http://www.clickorlando.com/mobile/-/1637670/-/34pfiq/-/index.html
  • WFTV Channel 9: http://www.wftv.com/s/weather/personal-forecast/#at=0& 
  • News Channel 13: http://mynews13.com/alerts.html
  • Download weather apps to your smartphone
  • Monitor local news media via TV, radio, or internet
  • Check out the Impact Weather page on the NWS Melbourne website at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/mlb/blog.php.

 

NOAA Weather Warnings

The best way to receive warnings for hazardous weather is to have a NOAA Weather Radio.

The NOAA Weather Radio is the National Weather Service’s direct link to the public. They broadcast weather information 24 hours a day. The broadcasts include severe weather watches and warnings, as well as routine forecasts, current conditions and climatology. An additional feature, the Specific Area Message Encoder, has been added so that weather radios can be programmed to warn only for specific locations.

The primary frequency for Weather Alert Radios in Brevard County is 162.5550MHz and the same (FIPS) code is 012009. You can also sign up for email or text alerts via the National Weather Service or a third-party provider at http://www.weather.gov/subscribe

Brevard County Emergency Management Office

1746 Cedar Street
Rockledge, Florida 32955
Tel: (321) 637-6670
Fax: (321) 633-1738

Director
Kimberly Prosser

 
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