Wireless Emergency Alerts

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are part of a national public safety system that allows customers with WEA-capable mobile devices to receive notifications of local emergency situations.

WEA can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm’s way, without the need to download an app or subscribe to a service. WEAs are messages that warn the public of an impending natural or human-made disaster. The messages are short and can provide immediate, life-saving information.

UScellular® is proud to continue offering WEA at no additional charge to its customers throughout its service areas and beyond, via roaming arrangements with other wireless carriers. Your phone must be WEA-capable and powered on to receive an alert. WEA have a unique sound and vibration so that all recipients, including those with disabilities, receive notification of the situation.

There are five types of Wireless Emergency Alerts:

  • National Alerts — Issued by the President, the President’s designee, or the FEMA Administrator. National Alerts can be nationwide or regional in distribution.
  • Imminent Threat Alerts —Issued by public safety officials during severe natural or man-made disasters in which an imminent threat to life or property exists (e.g., tornadoes or dangerous flooding).
  • AMBER or BLUE Alerts —Amber alerts are issued by law enforcement as part of the search for a missing or abducted child. Blue alerts are issued in situations where a law enforcement officer may be in danger.
  • Public Safety Alerts —Issued by authorized Emergency Managers as an essential public safety advisory. These alert types may include Public Safety advisory messages such as “shelter in place” or “boil water” warnings.
  • Opt-in Test Messages —State and local officials conduct activities with coordinated testing (The message will state that this is a TEST).

    WEA messages may include enhanced functionality. This functionality can include extended message length (up to 360 characters), Spanish language alerts, and Public Safety Messages with supplemental instructions for protecting life or property during the emergency situation.

    WEA messages may also be delivered in a more geographically precise manner in order to alert the communities impacted by an emergency without alarming or disturbing other areas.

Timeline Of WEA Feature Enhancements*

UScellular wants to make customers aware of important improvements they may see to the WEA system.

Starting December 18, 2019, WEA messages may include enhanced functionality. This functionality can include extended message length (up to 360 characters), Spanish language alerts, and Public Safety Messages with supplemental instructions for protecting life or property during the emergency situation.

In addition, some WEA messages may be delivered in a more geographically precise manner in order to alert the communities impacted by an emergency without alarming or disturbing other areas.

Phones Compatible With Enhanced WEA Functionality

Manufacturer Current Devices
ANS
  • F30
Apple
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 6/6+
  • iPhone 6s/6s+
  • iPhone 7/7+
  • iPhone 8/8+/X
  • iPhone XS/XS Max/XR *
  • iPhone 11 / iPhone 11 Pro / iPhone 11 Pro Max *
  • iPhone 12 / iPhone 12 mini / iPhone 12 Pro / iPhone 12 Pro Max *
  • iPhone 13 / iPhone 13 mini / iPhone 13 Pro / iPhone 13 Pro Max *
Google
  • Pixel 3A
  • Pixel 3A XL
  • Pixel 4 *
  • Pixel 4 XL *
  • Pixel 4a 5G *
  • Pixel 5 *
  • Pixel 6 5G *
  • Pixel 6 Pro 5G *
LG
  • G7 ThinQ
  • G8 ThinQ *
  • K40
  • K8s
  • K8 Plus
  • K8x *
  • Stylo 4
  • Stylo 6 *
  • V40 ThinQ
  • V60 ThinQ 5G *
  • K92 5G *
  • K22 *
Motorola
  • moto e6
  • moto G6 Play
  • moto G7 Play
  • moto g POWER *
  • moto Z3 Play
  • moto g power (2021) *
  • moto g play (2021) *
  • moto g stylus (2020) *
Nuu Mobile
  • A6LC
Samsung
  • Galaxy A02s *
  • Galaxy A03s *
  • Galaxy A10e
  • Galaxy A11 *
  • Galaxy A12 *
  • Galaxy A13 *
  • Galaxy A13 5G *
  • Galaxy A20
  • Galaxy A21 *
  • Galaxy A32 5G *
  • Galaxy A50
  • Galaxy A51 5G *
  • Galaxy A52 5G *
  • Galaxy A71 5G *
  • Galaxy GS10e / GS10 / GS10+ *
  • Galaxy GS9 / GS9+
  • Galaxy J3 Aura
  • Galaxy J7 Aura
  • Galaxy Note 9
  • Galaxy Note 10 / Note 10+ *
  • Galaxy Note 20 5G / Note 20 5G Ultra *
  • Galaxy S20 / S20+ / S20 Ultra 5G *
  • Galaxy S20 Fan Edition *
  • Galaxy S21 5G Fan Edition *
  • Galaxy S21/S21+/S21 Ultra 5G *
  • Galaxy XCover Pro
  • Galaxy Z Fold3 5G *
  • Galaxy Z Flip3 5G *
Sonim
  • XP3
TCL
  • A30 *
  • Flip *

Emergency Preparedness Tips For You And Your Family

Disaster can strike at any time, which is why UScellular wants to provide its customers with helpful emergency preparedness tips. Learn how to help keep you and your loved ones safe, connected and informed in the event of an emergency with the tips below.

View tips for emergency preparedness (English)

View tips for emergency preparedness (Spanish)

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