Suggested Changes for Wireless Emergency Alerts
A recent study conducted for the U.S Department of Homeland Security by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) has suggested some fundamental changes to the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA).
Primarily, WEA messages need to be longer suggests the study. Currently WEA messages only offer 90 characters and do not allow a URL to be included. START recommends consideration of adding URLs to WEA messages to direct recipients to websites for additional information.
WEA messages could potentially be more effective if the information is given in a different order. Currently, WEA messages must provide information in the following order: hazard, location, time, guidance and source. START suggests an alternative order: source, guidance, hazard, location and time, to improve likelihood of action taken in response to the message.