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San Antonio to test its Wireless Emergency Alerts system today

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – You could get a wireless emergency alert today from the City of San Antonio.

The San Antonio Office of Emergency Management will conduct a test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system at noon. It will cover a 2.5 mile radius that includes city council districts 6, 7 and 8, as well as the City of Leon Valley, the City of Balcones Heights, the South Texas Medical Center area and Ingram Park Mall.

The message will read, “This is a public safety message test from the City of San Antonio. This is only a test.”

Since it was launched in 2012, the Wireless Emergency Alert system has been used more than 40,000 times to warn the public about potentially dangerous situations through compatible cell phones and other mobile devices. The WEA public safety system allows individuals to receive geographically-targeted messages, similar to text messages, alerting them about imminent threats to in their area.

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