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MEMA to issue Wireless Emergency Alert on Monday afternoon

BALTIMORE, MD—On Monday afternoon, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency will send state residents a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA).

The alert system is used to send important, life-saving information to Marylanders.

The WEA is meant to alert residents  to Governor Larry Hogan’s stay-at-home order that was issued on Monday morning.

What you need to know about WEAs:

  • WEAs can be sent by state and local public safety officials, the National Weather Service, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the President of the United States
  • WEAs can be issued for three alert categories – imminent threat, AMBER, and presidential
  • WEAs look like text messages, but are designed to get your attention and alert you with a unique sound and vibration, both repeated twice
  • WEAs are no more than 90 characters, and will include the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, as well as the agency issuing the alert
  • WEAs are not affected by network congestion and will not disrupt texts, calls, or data sessions that are in progress
  • Mobile users are not charged for receiving WEAs and there is no need to subscribe
  • To ensure your device is WEA-capable, check with your service provider

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