Wireless Emergency Alerts

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are free informational text messages sent to WEA-enabled phones within range of an imminent and dangerous local situation, severe weather event or AMBER alert. The National Weather Service and Fairfax County are among the select entities that can send these messages to your phone regardless if you signed up.

The messages are sent based on your location and there is a unique sound and vibration pattern on your mobile device for these alerts. Wireless emergency alerts are broadcast from area cell towers to mobile devices in the area. Every WEA-capable phone within range receives the message

We encourage you to keep these messages turned on so you can be warned of a danger based on your location.

Wireless alerts are not intended to be sent with great frequency. If you want more frequent alerts, then sign up for our Fairfax Alerts



WEA - Wireless Emergency Alerts logo


WEA-wireless emergency alert sample message

WEA will look like a text message. The WEA message will show the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert. The message will be no more than 90 characters.

More Information on Wireless Emergency Alerts

  • The WEA notification is designed to get your attention and notify you with a unique sound and vibration.

  • You will automatically receive alerts if you have WEA-capable phone and your wireless carrier participates in the program.

  • Public safety officials use WEA to send you essential information whenever you are near the location of a life-threatening event.

  • An FAQ page is available from FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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