Emergency Alerts on your Phone
Milwaukee County will conduct two wireless emergency alerts in 2019
Alerts received at the right time can help keep you safe during an emergency. With Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), warnings can be sent to mobile devices of individuals who may be in harm’s way, without a special app or subscription.
WEA messages are text messages sent through mobile carriers in designated geographic areas, similar to how mobile phones receive AMBER alerts.
Beginning in April, the Milwaukee County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will be authorized by the Federal Communications Commission to issue emergency alert messages. They will conduct two tests in 2019:
- April 11, 2019 at 1:45 pm, CST
- November 6, 2019 at 12 pm, CST
What types of warning will I receive?
- tornado warnings
- blizzard warnings
- extreme wind warnings
- flash flood warnings
- AMBERT alerts
- Presidential alerts during a national emergency
What does a WEA message look like?
WEA will look like a text message. It's no more than 90 characters. WEA messages include a special tone and vibration, both repeated twice.