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C Spire Offers Wireless Emergency Alerts on Its Network
|By Business Wire
|May 30, 2014 04:43 PM EDT
With the start of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season just around the
corner, C Spire is reminding customers that they can receive free,
location-based notifications on capable mobile phones under a national
public safety warning system designed to alert consumers during
Wireless carriers voluntarily broadcast the Wireless Emergency Alerts
(WEA) over their networks in cooperation with state and federal
authorities under the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) program, but
only after extensive testing and certification by the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
The alerts played an important role in keeping Mississippi residents
updated about weather threats during a recent rash of killer tornadoes
that swept through the state in late April, killing 14 people,
destroying or damaging over 2,460 homes and 87 businesses in 23 counties.
C Spire received final FEMA approval last July to begin broadcasting the
text-like, 90 character messages designed to warn consumers about severe
weather threats, missing persons or Presidential alerts during national
emergencies. Customers can opt out of weather and missing person alerts
by adjusting their device notification settings, but Presidential alerts
“Alerts received at the right time can help keep you safe during an
emergency like a hurricane,” said Eric Hollingsworth, vice president of
Network Operations for C Spire. “With WEA, warnings are sent to your
phone when you’re in harm’s way without the need to download an app or
subscribe to a service.”
C Spire currently offers 11 WEA-capable devices, which are identified
with a special logo both in stores and online. The devices include the
iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 4S*, iPhone 4*, Samsung Galaxy S III,
Samsung Galaxy S 4, Samsung Galaxy S 5, Motorola Defy XT 556, Moto X,
HTC One and LG F7. All smartphones manufactured and introduced beginning
in 2013 are WEA-capable.
In addition, the company has developed and offers a specialized WEA
client-based application for smartphones running on Android 2.1 and
higher mobile operating systems. The free FEMA-approved app, called C
Spire Emergency Alerts, can be downloaded from the Google
Play store or from the C Spire website at www.cspire.com/cmas.
Hollingsworth said the WEA messages feature a special tone and vibration
that is repeated twice so users can easily identify these types of
emergency alerts. In some smartphone models, there may be an audible
The alerts are targeted to specific geographic areas where threats occur
and Hollingsworth said customers will receive the message if they travel
into an area where an alert has been issued or if they are already
within the area using a WEA-capable device.
The alerts are required under the Warning, Alert and Response Network
(WARN) Act, a 2006 law that established a voluntary, national emergency
alert system called for by President Bush in the aftermath of the Sept.
11, 2001 al-Qaeda terrorist attacks on the U.S. that killed 3,000
people, damaged the Pentagon and destroyed the World Trade Center in New
For more information about Wireless Emergency Alerts and CMAS on the C
Spire network, go to www.cspire.com/cmas.
About C Spire
C Spire is a diversified telecommunications and technology services
company that provides world-class, customer-inspired wireless
communications, 1 Gigabit consumer Internet access as well as a full
suite of dedicated Internet, wireless, IP Voice, data and cloud services
for businesses. This news release and other announcements are available
For more information about C Spire, visit www.cspire.com or
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or Twitter at www.twitter.com/cspire.
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