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How emergency alerts work, and why people near Baltimore County might have gotten one Wednesday

How emergency alerts work, and why people near Baltimore County might have gotten one Wednesday

Have you ever seen an emergency alert on your phone or heard a radio program interrupted by a harsh tone followed by a warning?

Here’s what you need to know about emergency alerts and the authorities behind them:

What are emergency alerts?

Whenever there’s a serious emergency affecting a large group of people, it can be important to deliver information swiftly and through reliable channels.

In 2006, then-President George W. Bush signed an executive order to set up an “effective, reliable, integrated, flexible and comprehensive system” to alert and warn the American people in...

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