Waldo County to test Wireless Emergency Alert in March
BELFAST — A Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) test will be held on Friday, March 22, beginning at 3 p.m. This test is planned to cover all of the communities of Waldo County.
An activation of the WEA system will send a short text message to every cellular telephone in the area selected to receive the message. This will be similar to the WEA test by the Federal government last fall, according to the EMA, in a news release.
The Waldo County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) will conduct the county-wide WEA test in order to assess the performance and capabilities of the alerting system.
Should there be a real world emergency, the EMA office will utilize the system to alert the public of appropriate actions to take and where to find additional information, according to the release.
Cell towers in the area will broadcast the WEA test for approximately 30 minutes beginning at 3 p.m., March 22. During this time, cell phones that are switched on and within range of an active cell tower should receive the test message. The WEA test message will read:
“This is a test of the Waldo County Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is required,” said EMA.
Following the test, the public will find a “WEA Test Comments” form on the County EMA website located at: http://www.waldocountyme.gov/emergency-preparedness-information/.