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PA Use Wireless Emergency Alert System for COVID-19 Messaging

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HARRISBURGH, Pa.--The Wolf Administration has started using the national Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system to alert people about the COVID-19 pandemic.

WEA is a national public safety system that allows cell phone users to receive geographically targeted, text-like messages alerting them of imminent threats to safety in their area. The WEA system is commonly used to issue time-sensitive and life-saving alerts, such as Amber Alerts or severe weather warnings.

The Federal Communication Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau allows the state, as an authorized alert originator of messages, to use the WEA system as a COVID-19 communications tool.

Pennsylvania’s first message was sent statewide on Wednesaday.

“WEA is one more way to reach as many Pennsylvanians as we can to provide timely information on COVID-19,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “This tool is another tool in our toolkit to fight the pandemic and unite against COVID.”

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