Exploring the Use of Wireless Emergency Alerts for Notifications Regarding COVID-19 Initial Lines of Inquiry
Bean, H., Koutsoukos, A., Grevstad, N. and Meyer, A. (2021). Exploring the Use of Wireless Emergency Alerts for Notifications Regarding COVID-19: Initial Lines of Inquiry. Natural Hazards Review Journal, 22(2):06021001.
The authors studied the use of Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) notifications at the state and local level to inform the public about COVID-19 developments. The authors compared rates of infections and deaths in jurisdictions which used the WEA system to those which did not. While sample sizes were small and rates of COVID-19 spread varied, the authors suggest WEA alerts may be an important way to encourage protective measures during pandemics.