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Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) can be received on cell phones across the country. These alerts are automatic, provide AMBER alerts, and weather emergency notifications. Unlike text alerts you may receive from your city, county, or institution, you do not have to sign-up to receive WEA messages.

Georgia Tech’s Center for Advanced Communications Policy is interested in your level of awareness of WEA messages. This survey will also help us understand how accessible and useful you think they are.  Your responses will be used to craft recommendations for improving the system that sends WEA messages and the mobile/cell phones that receive WEA messages.

This research is being funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Science and Technology Directorate. The Research team’s goals are to (1) ensure the same timely and effective access to alerts and warnings for people with disabilities and (2) improve understanding of public response to mobile alerts and warnings.  The survey is open to both people with and without disabilities.  We encourage you take the survey yourself and share it with friends, family and colleagues so they too can provide their responses.

Start the Wireless Emergency Alert Survey!


As an incentive for taking our 2015 WEA survey you will have a chance to win one of two $100 Amazon gift cards!

If you wish to take the survey over the phone, please email Salimah LaForce or call her at 404-894-8297.



By Marla Dougherty  6/30/11

I had a nice chat with Al Baum from Uniden who explained the new TIA standard for rating digital cordless phones. Uniden is a member company of TIA.

Not long ago digital cordless telephone manufacturers started receiving complaints from individuals who experienced noise while using cordless phones.  The noise was caused by interference when using the t-coil in their hearing aid or cochlear implant. TIA organized and supported research to determine how much noise is too much noise.  A working group was formed to establish a standard.  It included Mr. Baum as well as James Bress of AST Technology Labs and Steve Whitesell.  Working with Linda Kozma-Spytek of Gallaudet University, they developed a testing method to characterize the magnetic interference.  Data obtained by the studies was used to quantify signal-to-noise ratios.  The result is TIA’s standard to measure noise, known as the TIA 1083.  

The next time you are shopping for a cordless phone, check for the TIA-1083 compliant logo on the package. It identifies that the phone has less magnetic interference with hearing aids and cochlear implants so you get a louder and clearer signal.   Here is what you should look for on the box:

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