Cell Broadcast Emergency Alert System
Administered by FEMA, the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) will transform national emergency alerts from an audio-only notification into a system that can reliably and efficiently send alerts by voice, text, or video to all Americans, including those with disabilities or who cannot understand English.
The IPAWS addresses the mandate and vision of Executive Order 13407 to ensure that the President can rapidly and effectively address and warn the public over a broad range of communications devices and under any emergency condition. Click here to download your set-up instructions.
What is cell broadcast?
Cell Broadcast is a free service to active Einstein Wireless customers that sends a notice about emergencies and disaster information to all registered cell phones in an area that is in danger. This area can be a few blocks or the entire state.
How do I receive the alert?
The message displays emergency information on your phone, much like a text message, and may have a special ring tone, depending on your handset. A special symbol will assure you that the message is from authorized emergency officials. Click here to download your set-up instructions.
How does the alert find me?
The emergency message is broadcast from cell towers in an affected area. If your phone is in the area, it will receive an emergency message. If you are in the “at-risk” area, you will not receive the warning message.
What do I do if I receive the alert?
Follow the instructions indicated in the message.
If I am traveling and receive an alert, will my family at home receive the alert on their phones?
Only if their phones are in the affected area. The technology does not “dial” your phone number. It “broadcasts” to all the phones in a designated area, much like a radio signal.
What do I need to do?
You must set-up your phone to receive alerts. Simple instructions are included…Click here to download your set-up instructions.