Tuesday, August 6, 2013

FYI: Smart Phones & Emergency Alert App's, CMAS/WEA

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Yesterday, August 5th, 2013, an Amber Alert went out regarding this first story identified with a link below:

S.D. County man suspected of killing woman, kidnapping two children

http://touch.latimes.com/#section/601/article/p2p-76922054/

Then, people with the latest in smart phone technology started receiving Amber Alerts from their phone with an audible 'siren' type sound, an application many people were previously unaware of.  Lots of people started posting about this on Facebook, of course.  Some comments ensued which highlighted this feature on newer smart phones. Here is one helpful comment:

"The New System:  If you own a CMAS/WEA-capable mobile device, it will automatically receive AMBER Alerts, National Weather Service, Imminent Threat, and Presidential Alerts. Unlike the previous system, there is no need to opt in or change any settings to receive the alerts. Another advantage of CMAS/WEA is that it delivers alerts only for the area in which you are currently physically located. So when you travel away from home, you will receive alerts for the city you are visiting but not for your home city. CMAS/WEA alerts are sent on a special wireless carrier channel called Cell Broadcast, and are thus not affected by congestion on the voice or SMS text channels. The alerts are transmitted simultaneously to all mobile devices within range of the cellular carrier towers in the affected area. The system does not need to know your mobile number and it does not track your whereabouts; it simply “broadcasts” out the alert and any mobile devices that can hear the alert will display it to the user. CMAS/WEA alerts have a very distinct alert tone and vibration, so you will know when you hear and feel this unique warning that it is a CMAS/WEA message."

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Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS)


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commercial_Mobile_Alert_System

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Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA)


http://www.fema.gov/wireless-emergency-alerts

excerpt:  How will I know the difference between WEA and a regular text message?
WEA messages include a special tone and vibration, both repeated twice.


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AT&T adds wireless emergency alerts update to iPhones


Those users with an iPhone 5 or 4S will now get messages that let them know when there is a natural disaster, Amber alert, or presidential alert in their area.

by Dara Kerr
June 16, 2013 9:08 PM PDT

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57589546-94/at-t-adds-wireless-emergency-alerts-update-to-iphones/

About Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA)

http://www.att.com/esupport/article.jsp?sid=KB410692&cv=820#fbid=ksPEU4WDCHw

excerpt:

Why did I receive a Wireless Emergency Alert?


You will receive Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on your capable device if it is powered on and enabled, if you are in an impacted area where this service is available, and if there are authorized emergency agencies in your area sending alerts to FEMA.

WEA service is available nationwide on our AT&T networks.


Important Note

Wireless Emergency Alerts will not interrupt your active voice call or data session (including background data transfers). If your device is in use at the time an alert is broadcast, the alert will not be delivered.


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Additional Reference Info/Links:


AMBER Alert

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AMBER_Alert

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The Amber Alerts are also up on our Southern California Freeways.  I drove to Downey this morning and the Freeway Signs on the I10, the 405 and the 105 all had the same announcement referenced at the top of this post.

Amber Alert on 405 Southbound, August 6, 2013

In the coming days we hope to speak with members of our Lifeguard Dept. on their experience and knowledge about how this technology is incorporated in their work and how it has been implemented.

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