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. Thursday, June 28, 2012 N/Warren Town and County News Page Fifteen I A new national pro- gram will allow some cell phone users to receive alerts for the most danger- ous weather directly to their phones beginning this week. Under the "Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system, the National Weather Service will begin issuing alerts for the most severe weather through participating wireless car- tiers directly to cell phones in designated areas. The alerts will be broadcast by cell towers. Cel! phones within the selected area will immediately pick up the signal, provided they have the capability to re- ceive the alerts. If someone travels into a threat area after an alert is first sent, a WEA-capable device will receive the message when the person enters the area. The availability of WEAs will be dependent on whether the cartier and cell phone are equipped to receive them. All major wireless carriers and hun- dreds of smaller carriers are taking part in WEA on a voluntary basis. In Iowa, Verizon, U.S. Cellular and AT&T have reported they are ready to carry WEA alerts, however, .other cel- lular carriers may be ready to carry the alerts. People should check with their cellular carriers to find out if WEA alerts are available in their area and whether their cell phone is capable of receiving the alerts. Pro- vider-specific information is available at http:// www.ctia.org/consum er info/safety/index:cfm/ AID/12082. The WEA system is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency,s (FEMA) Commercial Mo- bile Alert System (CMAS). It is one more tool for fed- eral, state, local, tribal and territorial officials to alert and warn the public. In addition to weather alerts, WEAs will relay Presiden- tial, AMBER and Immi- nent Threat alerts to mo- bile phones using cell broadcast technology that will not get backlogged during times of emergency when wireless voice and data services are highly congested. "This is the first step in implementing a new emergency notification system that has great promise for Iowans," said Mark Sch.outen, Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HSEMD) admin- istrator. "HSEMD is apply- ing for permission to issue WEAs so in the future we will be able to use these alerts to get critical infor- marion directly to citizens through their cell phones." According to FEMA, WEAs will look like a text message and will auto- matically appear on the New System Delivers Weather Alerts to Cell Phones mobile device screen gested. Customers of partici- showing the type and timeCMAS/WEA comple- pating wireless carriers of alert along with any ac- ments the existing Emer- with CMAS/WEA-capable tion that should be taken, gency Alert System (EAS) phones will not need to The message will be nowhich sends warnings to sign up to receive the alerts more than 90 characters, television and rad !o via and should automatically and will have a uniquebroadcast, cable, s tellite- receive WEAs in the event tone and vibration, indi- and wireline comm.mica- of an emergenc if they cating a WEA has been re- tions pathways, are located in, or travel to ceived. If an alert is re-. Who sends the affected geographic ceived, citizens should fol- CMAS/WEA alerts? area. Wireless customers low the instructions and Most CMAS/WEA alerts are not charged for the de- seek additional informa- will be issued by NOAA's livery of Wireless Emer- tion from radio, television, National Weather Service gency Alerts. NOAA Weather Radio and(NWS). The NWS can send What does a WEA look other official sources for weather-related alerts to like on a mobile phone? emergency information,any region in the country. WEAs use a unique ring Cell phone users will not CMAS will be used by the tone and vibration to sig- be charged for the emer- NWS only for the most ira- nal that an alert has ar- gency messaging and may minent and severe weather rived. The unique vibra- choose to opt out of receiv- condition (e.g. tornado tion, which distinguishes ing the WEA alerts, warnings), the alert from a regular "These alerts are an- Imminent Threat alertstext message, is particu- other way citizens can en- maybe issued by state and larly helpful to people sure the safety of their local officials who have with hearing or vision-re- families," said Schouten. completed a four-step ap- lated disabilities. Alerts "There are many great plication process and ex- will automatically "pop tools out there, including ecuted a Memorandum ofup" on the mobile device NOAA Weather Radio, the Agreement with FEMA screen and will be limited Emergency Alert Systemgoverning system security, to 90 characters. and now Wireless Emer-Alerts must meet certain WEAs will not preempt gency Alerts. The key is for criteria that are established calls in progress. In addi- citizens to take advantage in the FCC rules to ensure tion, individuals will be of the safety tools available that only the most urgent able to opt-out of Immi- to them." messages are sent overnent Threat or AMBER As with all new cellular CMAS. More informationalerts. Individuals will not services, it will take time on the application process be able to opt-out of Presi- for upgrades in infrastruc- may be found at http:// dential alerts. ture, coverage and handset www.fema.gov/emer- What should I do technology to allow WEA gency/ipaws/alerting if I get a WEA? alerts to reach all cellular authorities.shtm#3. Due to the 90 character customers. The wireless For a list of state and limit, alerts will contain industry estimates by 2014 local jurisdictions who only basic information. In most all cell phones on the have applied for IPAWSmost cases the alert will market will be WEA-ca-access, see the Authorized only indicate the type of pable. IPAWS Localities web event (e.g. tornado), the More information on page at http://www.fema, time until the alert expires CMAS and WEA can be gov/emergency/ipaws/ and recommended action. found at http://www.fema, authorized localifies.shtm. To get more specific infor- gov/emergency/ipaws/ Who receives WEA mation, the best response cmas.shtm. Additional in- messages? is to check other sources of formation is also con-IPAWSCMASisopera- information, including ra- tained in the Frequently tional now and all major dio or television, to see if Asked Questions, below, cell carriers, as well as there is a corresponding Wireless Emergency hundreds of smaller carri- Emergency Alert System Aleffs--Frequently ers, are participating in (EAS) message with addi- Asked Questions CMAS on a voluntary ba- tional details and/or local What is the Commercialsis. For a list of participat- news coverage of the Mobile Alert System ing carriers, see the current event. (CMAS) and Wireless FCC Registry file at http:// How does a C [AS/WEA Emergency Alerts www. fema.gov/emer- alert rea:h a (WEA)? gency/ipaws/cmas.shtm, mobile &vice? The Commercial Mo- As with all new cellular CMAS/WEA alerts are bile Alert System (CMAS) services, it will take time activated by mthorized is the system interface to for upgrades ininfrastruc- alerting authorties (gener- the Wireless Emergencyture, coverage and handset ally, a local or ate agency Alerts (WEA) service that technology to allow or the Nationfl Weather wireless carriers are roll- CMAS/WEA alerts to Service). The abrts are tar- ing out across the nation in reach all cellular custom- geted to spcific geo- 2012. CMAS is a partner- ers. graphic areas, enerally a ship between FEMA, theWireless carriers.are county. If a CI IAS/WEA- Federal Communicationscurrently selling mobile capable mobib device is Commission (FCC), and devices with CMAS/WEA physically located in that wireless carriers, to en- capability included. While area, it will auomatically hance public safety, not all handsets now on receive and dsplay, the CMAS allows public the market are capable of message. Ever" WEA has safety authorities to use receiving WEAs, some an expirationdate/time FEMA's Integrated Public phones may be upgrade-and will be re,ent within Alert and Warning System able and it is. anticipated the affected mea until it Open Platform for Emer- that most commerciallyexpires; howe r, each in- gency Networks (IPAWS-available phones will be dividual wirebss device OPEN) to send geographi- WEA-capable by the endwill display th, alert only cally targeted, text-like of 2014. Lists of CMAS/ once. If a witless cus- Wireless Emergency WEA-capablehandsets are tomer travels hto the af- Alerts to the public. WEAs available from the indi- fected area aft the WEA will relay Presidential, vidual wireless carriers was originally sent and the AMBER and Imminent and many carriers havealert has not expired, they Threat alerts to mobile made their lists available will still receive the alert. phones using cell broad- on one website located at Will wireless customers cast technology that will www.ctia.org/WEA. The be charged for not get backlogged during boxes of devices capable of CMAS/WEA alerts? times of emergency when receiving WEAs are Wireless customers will wireless voice and data marked with the Wireless not be charged for the re- services are highly con- Emergency Alert logo. ceipt of WEA messages. In addition, alerting authori- ties will not be charged by wireless carriers for dis- tributing CMAS/WEA alerts. Are WEAs the same as text messages? No, WEAs are not the same" as text messages. WEA will not have to be opened like SMS text mes- sages, but will "pop up" on the device's screen. A key differentiator between the CMAS/WEA capabil- ity and the existing Short Message Service Point-to- Point (SMS-PP)-- a one-to- one or one-to-few alerting service--is that WEA uses SMS-Cell Broadcast (SMS- CB), a one-to-many ser- vice, which simulta- neously delivers messages to multiple recipients in a specified area. By using SMS-CB as the delivery technology service, WEAs avoid the congestion is- sues currently experienced by traditional SMS-PP alerting services, which translates into faster and more comprehensive de- livery of messages during times Of emergency. Will CMAS/WEA track a person's location? No, CMAS/WEA will not track an individual's locations or personal data, as it uses SMS-CB, a broad- cast (one-way) technology. This assures that authori- ties cannot collect any sub= scriber-related data, in- cluding details on who is in the targeted area, who has successfully received the emergency alert, or who may have opted out. New Survey Reveals Cereal (NAPS)--According to a survey recently conducted by Kellogg Company, 87 percent of morns say that their chil- dren regularly eat cereal for breakfast--and that many morns can't be wrong. Eating breakfast can help start your child's day offright, and kids' cereal can help keep the morn- ings simple. Not only does cereal help jump-start your nutritional intake, but it's also a meal the whole family will enjoy without breaking the bank Families that eat cereal benefit in many ways: According to a study in the Journal of the American Di'etetic Association, regular cereal eaters, including chil- dren, tend to have lower body mass indices (BMI) and are less likely to be overweight than those who eat cereal less frequently. Cereal provides good news for morns, as nearly all moms (95 percent) want to make sure their kids get enough vitamins and miner- als at breakfast, and cereal is a great solution. Research indicates that, in the U.S ready-to-eat cereal and milk is the leading source of 10 nutrients in children's diets. In addition, research backs up what morns already know: Essential nutrients missed at breakfast are not compensated for dmd ng other meals of the day. Kids e~oy cereal and morns feel confi- dent their kids are get~ng the important nutrients and energy they need. Cereal Can Provide Important Nutrition It's what is in your bowl flint counts and cereal has a lot to offer. Feel abo t bzeak- fast. Research shows that cereal eaters, including those who eat kids' cereal, have healthier body weights. You can feel good knowing your kids will get the important nutrients and the energy they need for the day at a cost of about 50 cents a bawl--much more economical than the cost of most other breakfast options. Serve your family a wholesome breakfast, More than four out of five (83 per- cent) morns surveyed say that Is Mom's Breakfast Partner A breakfast including cereal and milk can get your child off to a good start every day. at breakfast they are OK giv- ing their children something with a little sugar as long as it also has good nutrients and. they know that their children will eat what is served. The percentage of sugar consumed by kids from cereal is actually small. According to research, about 5 percent of the sugar consumed by U.S. kids each day comes from cereal. Plus, it is a typically low-fat, nutri- ent,-dense, cholesterol-free food. Easy and Economical Breakfast Ideas Fortunately, getting a good breakfast on the table in the morning doesn't require a lot of time or expense. Here are some simple tips for a wholesome breakfast: Plan in advance. According to the recent sur- vey, on average, rooms spend 20 minutes each morning making breakfast. 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