ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Are you a weather enthusiast? See if you can correctly guess this WFXR Weather Trivia question!

In what year did the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system launch?

Did you guess correctly? Look below for the answer:

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the first WEA was sent on June 28, 2012. The first alert was sent by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for a flash flood warning in the Santa Fe, New Mexico area.

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are emergency messages that can be sent by local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service (NWS).

Examples of Wireless Emergency Alerts in English and Spanish (Photo Courtesy: National Weather Service)

The WEA⁠—which will look like a text message⁠—will show the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert.