Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are now being received on cell phones across the country. Unlike text alerts you may receive from your city, county or institution, you do not have to sign-up to receive WEA messages. They are automatic on many of the newer model mobile phones. Several wireless providers call them wireless emergency alerts (WEA), and some localities call it the Personalized Local Alerting Network (PLAN), still others refer to them as government alerts. In February 2013, the Federal Communications Commission officially changed the name to WEA. The following survey questions will help us understand your level of awareness of WEA. They will also help us understand how accessible and useful you think they are.
There are no known risks associated with this project, which are greater than those ordinarily encountered in daily life. The records of this research study will be kept private. Records will be stored securely and only researchers and individuals responsible for research oversight will have access. Your participation in this survey is appreciated but completely voluntary. You may choose not to participate at any time without penalty or problem.
We are conducting a drawing for two $100 Amazon gift cards. If you enter your name and contact information at the end of this survey, you will be eligible to win one of the gift cards. It is not necessary to complete the survey to be entered into the drawing. Information collected for the drawing will be deleted after the two gift cards are awarded.
If you have questions, or wish to take this survey over the phone or on paper, please contact:
DeeDee Bennett, Ph.D.
Center for Advanced Communications Policy
Georgia Institute of Technology