Starting April 6, 2018, Alert Ready will be sending life-threatening emergency alerts to cell phones and wireless devices that are compatible with Wireless Public Alerting (WPA).
All wireless service providers will have the capability to distribute emergency alerts directly to WPA-compatible wireless devices using Cell Broadcast distribution.
These alerts will only be sent for threat-to-life situations, and it is not possible to opt out (not that you’d really want to).
In the event of such an emergency, a government issuer will deliver the alert to the National Alert Aggregation and Dissemination (NAAD) System, which will deliver it to wireless service providers, or broadcast companies.
In order to receive these alerts, the device must be:
- An LTE-device
- Compatible with Wireless public alerting (WPA) (see list of compatible devices below)
- Connected to an LTE cellular network at the time the emergency alert is issued.
Current compatible devices (if purchased from Fido and the device software is kept up to date):
Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2XL
LG Q6, V30, G6
Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, S8, S8+, Note 8, J3, S9, S9+
Huawei P10, P10 Plus, P10 Lite, GR5
You can check out more FAQs here.