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WEA versus Text Alerts

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Though the WEA/CMAS alert may look somewhat like a text (SMS) message, they are not technically a text message.  There are unique features of each message type which.  WEA/CMAS can be sent very quickly to a large number of recipients, while delivery of true text messages can be impacted by heavy use of the wireless signals in an area.  SMS alerts can contain more information - up to 160 characters - while CMAS alerts are limited to 90 characters.

This station offers a text alert service to our community using SMS text messaging.  The chart found below gives a quick-glance checklist of some of the key differences in the type of alerts offered by each service.  In the case of the most severe alerts, receiving this critical information from multiple sources can be helpful, and may offer additional access to information if one system were to fail.  These alerts, in combination with local alert sirens, the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and other local communication tools help to keep the community safe and informed during a time of crisis.

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WEA/CMAS
Text Alerts
Ability to choose alerts   Yes (all are ON by default) Yes
Weather alert types      

Tornado Warning

  Yes Yes
Tornado Watch
  No Yes
Severe T-storm Warning
  No Yes
Severe T-storm Watch
  No Yes
Blizzard Warning
  Yes Yes
High Wind Warning
  Yes Yes
Winter Storm Warning
  No Yes
Heavy Snow Warning
  No Yes
Ice Storm Warning
  Yes Yes
Tsunami
  Yes No
Earthquake
  Yes No
Dust Storm Warning
  Yes No
Flash Flood Warning
  Yes No
Location targeting   Based only on location of the phone at the time of the alert Based on location (county) selected by subscriber
Amber Alerts   Yes Yes (as Breaking News)
Presidential Alerts   Yes Yes (as Breaking News)
Breaking News   No Yes
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