I had several inquiries today about how to receive severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings via cell phone. In my personal opinion, I think that’s the best part of 13YourCast. So without further ado, here’s how to get it!
[Right click and open this link in a new window] 13YourCast
Follow the instructions to sign up. This will require you to insert your name and address (so we can tailor the forecast to your location). Once you’re signed up you’ll see the basic YourCast page (complete with a personalized forecast for your home). Now click on “Wireless Bulletins.”
It is important that you enter the E-MAIL address of your phone instead of your phone number. For instance, my cell service is through Sprint and my cell’s E-Mail address is XXXXXXXXXX@messaging.sprintpcs.com
If you don’t know your cell phone’s E-Mail address, call your cell phone store and they will help you. Our service works via computer to send the alert to your phone…it’s not a phone-to-phone text so it has to be done this way.
Once you’ve done this, you need to select the type of warnings you want to be notified of. Click on “Alert Types.” Check “Severe Thunderstorm Warning” and “Tornado Warning.” Now it’s time to click on “Regions and Counties” to select your county. I wouldn’t suggest getting all of the alerts (unless you REALLY want to know everything).
Now you’re all set up! Lastly, make sure you don’t get charged with your cell plan for incoming text messages. Some service plans charge, others do not. If you only check “Tornado Warning” for your county the price is nominal for the extra warning you’ll receive the next time you’re really threatened by severe weather.
As always if you have questions about this, we’re here to help! E-Mail any of us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted under severe weather
This post was written by Eric Sorensen on May 21, 2009