City and County of Denver to Test the Wireless Emergency Alert System

On Wednesday, Sept. 5, between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., the City and County of Denver will issue a test message through the Wireless Emergency Alert System (WEA). This system allows government and public safety officials to send critical information to an individual’s cell phone or other mobile device during an emergency. The Sept. 5 alert is expected to reach approximately one million residents and visitors in the test area. 

The test area will include the entire City and County Denver, including Denver International Airport. There is a chance that those located just outside the City and County of Denver border, including Adams County, might also receive the alert depending on the location of their phone provider’s cellular towers. The test message will read, “This is a test of the Wireless Emergency Alert System for Denver, CO. This is only a test.” When the alert is received on the user’s mobile device, it will trigger a loud noise and cause the device to vibrate. Both the full audio signal and vibration will be repeated twice while displaying the text-like message on the cell phone’s display. There is no need to act on this alert.

For additional information, contact the Adams County Office of Emergency Management.