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Disaster Preparedness & Super Messages

September 18, 2020

When should a message ABSOLUTELY reach someone? During an emergency, for one. We’re not talking, “My phone battery is running low!” type of emergency (although we know that can feel critical!) but serious emergencies like a natural disaster.

WEA Message Photo Credit: Soccera2g / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)

That’s where a WEA (Wireless Emergency Alert) message comes in! It’s a mechanism by which messages can reach us—even if there are network disruptions or congestions—no matter what we’re doing on our phones! WEA messages can even reach millions of people, if needed, almost immediately.

Why are we talking about super messages? Because September is National Preparedness Month in the United States and it helps to know how we’ll be notified if there’s an emergency. If you’re curious about what people did before the WEA system, the radio used to play an important role! Plus, we also have the Emergency Alert System. With one touch of a button, the president can address the entire nation via messages delivered as texts or over TV and radio!

Interesting Fact: WEA text messages are designed to get your attention with a unique sound and vibration that repeats not once, but twice!