I was soooooo confused when the first one popped up on my phone yesterday, and at first I blew it off thinking it was some sort of scam. But then curiosity got to me and started the google search and here's what I found:
"In June, the wireless industry rolled out a new nationwide text emergency alert system, called Wireless Emergency Alerts, which warns when weather threatens.
Alerts can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm's way, without need to download an app or subscribe to a service. WEA messages include a special tone and vibration, both repeated twice.
The alerts are broadcast from cell towers to mobile devices in the area. Every WEA-capable phone within range receives the message. So if you were in range, you got the message." - NWS
By now we all know that blizzard warning was for the Olympics and Cascades, NOT for the lowlands. Whew. I kinda like the idea of the warning, but next time PERHAPS more information...like 'where' would be nice:) - Shellie Hart