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.

U.S Cellular 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 four types of Wireless Emergency Alerts:
  • Presidential Alerts — Issued by the U.S. President or a designee as a nationwide alert during national emergency events only.
  • Imminent Threat Alerts — Issued by National Weather Service (NWS) and 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 — The former are issued by law enforcement as part of the search for a missing or abducted child, while the latter alerts 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.

Timeline Of WEA Feature Enhancements*

U.S. Cellular wants to make customers aware of important improvements they may see to the WEA system.

Starting December 13, 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
Apple
  • 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
Google
  • Pixel 3A
  • Pixel 3A XL
  • Pixel 4
  • Pixel 4 XL
LG
  • G7 ThinQ
  • G8 ThinQ
  • K40
  • K8s
  • K8 Plus
  • Stylo 4
  • V40 ThinQ
Motorola
  • e6
  • G6 Play
  • G7 Play
  • Z3 Play
Nuu Mobile
  • A6LC
Samsung
  • Galaxy GS10e/GS10/GS10+
  • Galaxy GS9/GS9+
  • Galaxy Note 9
  • Galaxy J3 Aura
  • Galaxy J7 Aura
  • Galaxy Note 10 / Note 10+
  • Galaxy A50
  • Galaxy A10e
  • Galaxy A20
Sonim
  • Sonim XP3
ANS
  • ANS F30

Emergency Preparedness Tips For You And Your Family

Disaster can strike at any time, which is why U.S. Cellular 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.

View tips for emergency preparedness (English)

View tips for emergency preparedness (Spanish)

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