Posted by Admin on Feb 28, 2016
The Scenario You Haven't Considered.
Most of us consider ourselves to be cautious people. In this day and age, especially if you have a family to care for, it is important to consider all scenarios and plan in advance for the welfare of those we love.
Therefore, imagine that you're enjoying a nice quiet evening at home. You may be watching the news, reading a book, or just sitting down to a delicious dinner. Spending the rest of your day or evening with some rest and relaxation is exactly what most of us usually plan to do. And, you're fairly confident that's exactly what your neighbors are doing as well. Sure, it looked like there might be some storm clouds moving in, but the idea of drifting off to sleep to a night thunderstorm is a pleasant one.
Unfortunately, unbeknownst to you, your neighbors are not resting or relaxing, and those weren't mere thunderclouds you saw rolling into your town. You're about to be hit by a real whopper of a storm and while your neighbors have excellent cell phone reception and received their emergency broadcast notification via their cell phone, your phone failed to receive the data due to poor signal within your home.
You're about to be in for an incredibly rude awakening, or chances are, your dinner is about to be spoiled.
This isn't the only emergency broadcast you might miss out on due to poor cell phone reception. As cell phones continue to gain importance in our society, we're finding more and more beneficial uses for them, such as:
• Broadcasting Amber Alerts
• Notification of Hazardous Weather Conditions
• Presidential Alerts during a National Emergency
• Other Threatening Emergencies in your Area
These are all serious situations that benefit from cell phone users across the nation being able to simultaneously receive notification. Children have been brought safely home due to this service. Lives have been saved due to forewarning of tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, etc. Going forward, they may prevent loss of lives, pain, and heartache with crisis in the air all the time in the news due to one threat or another from foreign entities and terrorist organizations such as ISIL or ISIS and threat of nuclear war initiated by North Korea, or even Russia and China due to misunderstandings or even due to errors, mistakes, and accidents! Leave alone the natural disasters that may strike anytime, anyplace such as earthquakes, tsunamis, acceleration of violent tornados and storms due to global warming, etc. and the list goes on…
Therefore, so much rests on the idea that everyone has excellent cell phone coverage. I do not wish to scare anyone nor do I have any knowledge nor indication of any threat level increase against United States and Canada where our customers live. This information is just to raise awareness of possibilities that may have gone off our radar with our days packed with routine activities. Simply considering above serious possibilities and their serious implications, I feel that if you have not considered taking precautions against that poor cell reception within your home, then you may be doing yourself and your family a great disservice. Especially if you're someone who tends to avoid the television in the evening and don't get that flashing public service announcement across the top or bottom of your television screen.
A Little More Information
According to Wikipedia, Wireless Emergency Alerts came in being through the following series of events:
"The Federal Communications Commission proposed and adopted the network structure, operational procedures and technical requirements in 2007 and 2008 in response to the Warning, Alert, and Response Network (WARN) Act passed by Congress in 2006, which allocated $106 million to fund the program. CMAS will allow federal agencies to accept and aggregate alerts from the President of the United States, the National Weather Service (NWS) and emergency operations centers, and send the alerts to participating wireless providers who will distribute the alerts to their customers with compatible devices via Cell Broadcast, a technology similar to SMS text messages that simultaneously delivers messages to all phones using a cell tower instead of individual recipients." (1)
In addition, Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association website at ctia.org goes on to clarify:
"While these alerts appear on a person's mobile device similar to a text message, Wireless Emergency Alerts are not text messages. There are two fundamental reasons why WEA are unique:
WEA use a different kind of technology to ensure they are delivered immediately and are not subjected to potential congestion (or delays) on wireless networks.
WEA use a point-to-multipoint system, which means alert messages will be sent to those within a targeted area, unlike text messages which are not location aware. For example, if a Washington, D.C. resident has a WEA-capable device, but happened to be in an area in southern California when an earthquake occurred, the device would receive an “Imminent Threat Alert.”" (2)
These alerts are designed to be brief, to the point, and are only used in the case of legitimate and hazardous emergencies that require your immediate attention. You won't be inundated with annoying texts. Instead you can rest assured that you will be notified of a crisis before it is too late for you to take action. You won't mistake them for one of your usual text messages or for a notification from your latest game app.
Learn more by reading Wireless Emergency Alerts Frequently Asked Questions. If you have WEA capable phone, follow the instructions on how to ensure that your phone is set up to receive emergency alerts. You will be glad you did, because what you don't know you're missing CAN hurt you!
Missing out on a WEA (Wireless Emergency Alert) is not something to want to happen even once. If you're worried that this might be an issue due to poor cell phone reception within your home, then it is probably time for you to begin researching how you can work to improve your phone's signal. As always, in order to find a solution, it is usually best to start with finding the root of the problem. Why wait until it is too late? You can never be too overly prepared for catastrophes and disasters.
Let us Look At Your Options
Have you asked yourself why you don't have excellent cell phone reception within your home?
You could have items in your house that are blocking your signal such as a microwave or simply the materials used to build your house, or you could have a hill or some other large building standing between you and the nearest cell phone tower that your phone is trying to connect with.
Some of the usual suspects in the "cell phone reception blocking world" are:
• Your house is located at the bottom of a hill.
• You're too far away from the cell tower that your phone automatically tries to connect.
• You're running too many devices off of Mi-Fi within your home.
• Your cell phone is low on battery.
• Your cell phone needs to be rebooted (try turning it off and on again).
• Your cell phone fell on ground and although it looked okay, that impact knocked out delicate antenna circuit inside. Noticed "no service" right after the drop.
• You're running on an older outdated CDMA, TDMA, GSM technology verses your cellular service providers new HSPA, HSPA+ 3G, 4G, LTE network (better for data streaming).
• Your cell phone service carrier is not reliable.
These are all checks that you should run through before taking drastic measures. And often, you will find some improved reception after working through this quick troubleshooting list. But if you have tried all of these solutions a couple of times and are still struggling with your cell phone reception, then it is time to start looking into some more heavy duty solutions.
There are some extreme measures that you could consider taking, like switching carriers and investing in a new phone, or maybe even moving to a higher location with fewer obstructions, but the truth of the matter is that there's a much simpler option that won't deal a very crushing blow to your wallet.
These nifty and stress relieving devices can be placed in your home, office, or even in your car and will immediately get to work taking even the smallest signal and magnifying it so that you get excellent reception 24/7, ensuring that you never again miss an important emergency notification on your phone.
Not only that, but they can help with some of the other irritations that you have been struggling with, due to your poor cell phone reception. For example, your telephone conversation quality will be dramatically improved. And we have all learned by now that text messaging just can't replace those long phone calls with your best friend, long distance significant other, or your parents or grandparents. And although the commercial was funny, no one really likes to seriously ask, "Can you hear me now"?
With a signal booster, there will be no more asking the person you're speaking with, to repeat themselves as you struggle to make out what they're saying through the static. No more dropped calls. No more missed calls. No more suddenly receiving a voicemail after your phone never even rang to begin with.
There are some great options out there for you within the realm of cell phone boosters. View some of our popular cell phone signal boosters from weBoost by Wilson Electronics. When all else fails, this is one sure and affordable solution that will solve all of your reception problems, no matter where you are - Indoors, or in your automobile. Plus you get to keep your favorite phone, your favorite cell phone provider, and you don' t have to consider moving!
Missing out on a WEA (Wireless Emergency Alert) might not have seemed like a big deal up until now, but they can be very crucial when it comes to protecting your family from bad weather, or helping to bring a child safely home after an Amber Alert has been issued. And it can be the headstart that you need to reach the basement (or reinforced closet depending on your home's structure) or also give you the time you need to notify other loved ones who may not have cell phones (such as grandparents, etc). Or you might be the person who recognizes the car from the Amber Alert and give authorities the tip they need to locate the missing child or children.
While I strongly recommend running through the short and simpler list of possible reception blockers above, a cell phone booster is going to be your best bet for ensuring that you never miss out on one of these important notifications. Not only are they a simple solution that will give you immediate results, but they will improve your overall reception (as well as anyone else who comes into your home) and you will feel as though one annoying burden was lifted off of your shoulders.
Regardless of the route you choose, ensuring that you do not miss out on one of these important notifications should be a top priority. Besides, if you're missing out on these WEA's, then chances are, you're missing out on some other pretty important information as well! Such as that last minute text or call from your boss asking you to come in a half hour early the next day or a text from your significant other or best friend that they're running about an hour late and you should go ahead and start eating without them.
Besides providing hours of entertainment through games, applications, texting, and streaming of music and videos, our cell phones provide us with a safety net. People can reach us when there are emergencies, friends can call us when they need help with a problem or a friendly shoulder to cry on, and 911 is just 3 buttons away, no matter where you are or how far away you are from a landline telephone.
But in order for these extraordinary devices to perform their job, they need adequate reception to send and receive signals in a timely manner. And that is why you should take the time to test your cell phone reception within your home and take the appropriate steps to ensure that you have done all you can to remove obstacles and give your phone the signal it needs to always be there for you.
So take a moment to walk through your home and check your cell phone reception in each main area. If you happen to see your signal drop in an area, double check the list above to see if you can determine the root cause of the poor reception. If you're finding that there are more areas with poor signal than there are with good signal, it may be time to start taking measures to increase your cell phone reception. And if none of the "usual suspects" seem to be the problem, it may be time to look into a cell phone signal booster. It is a sure-fire way to help guarantee you will never miss a WEA, text, email, or phone call again! Take time to read this article and share it with friends and family using the orange "Share" button below or above, and help others never miss another emergency warning.
1. Wireless Emergency Alerts (2016). https://en.wikipedia.org. Retrieved February 15, 2016.
2. Wireless Emergency Alerts (2016). http://www.ctia.org. Retrieved February 15, 2016.