Wireless Emergency Alerts FAQs

What is a Wireless Emergency Alert?

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are emergency messages sent by government authorities through your mobile carrier. Alerts are designed to inform you of missing person's alerts or imminent threats to public safety in your area. In Colorado, we sent WEA messages for both AMBER and Blue Alerts.

What do I do with the URL in the Wireless Emergency Alert Message?

Click the hyperlink bit.ly/CBIAlerts to access @CBIAlerts to view a flyer, photographs, and updated information you may need. If you have any information that could lead to the location of an involved individual(s), immediately call 9-1-1.

Is this URL safe to click?

Absolutely! It will bring you right to our Twitter page that you can view from your mobile device or you can re-type the link into an internet browser. It is important to note that you DO NOT need to have a Twitter account to access the information. 

Who else received this URL?

Emergency messages are only sent to mobile devices that are in the Colorado area and are equipped to receive the alert. All alerts are sent statewide regardless of where the incident took place.

What do I do if the URL doesn't work?

The process of providing a URL in a Wireless Emergency Alert message requires the most up to date technology. Some recipients who are using an older device model or a device that does not have internet connectivity capabilities will not be able to click the URL. Should this happen, and should you want to see additional information about the incident, you can either navigate to our Twitter page (twitter.com/CBIAlerts) or you can visit any of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation's social media pages for the most up to date information.

Does this actually help solve AMBER Alerts?

Yes! Current nationwide statistics state that 75 children have been recovered from this wireless emergency alert alone.