Get severe weather warnings on your cell!

servicelogoI 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). clickhereOnce 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.

warnings1Once 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 weather@wrex.com.

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This post was written by qni_it on May 21, 2009

13 Comments so far

  1. tony May 21, 2009 6:33 PM

    Well sadly, my phone does not have the internet, but thankfully I am still able to get weather alerts though through B103.

  2. Curt Sanders May 21, 2009 6:45 PM

    Eric,
    Thank you for the instructions to program my phone for ealerts from WREX. Since I am away from TV most of the day, my cell phone can actually be a useful Wx radio. Also, a BIG THANK YOU to the WREX Wx team for coming out to Cathedral Baptist today. My 3rd grade son is doing math at a 10th grade level and we awoke a huge interest in the weather today!

    Curt

  3. Justin Gehrts May 21, 2009 7:30 PM

    Tony – as far as I know, in some cases, you can still set up an email address on your phone even if it doesn’t have internet access; it basically acts as a dummy email address with which to receive text messages.

  4. tony May 21, 2009 7:51 PM

    Oh ok, I might try that and see what happens. I know do get alerts through B103 through their textras. But I will give it a try and see what happens.

  5. Eric Sorensen May 21, 2009 8:44 PM

    This is so great because we all keep our phones on us. I hope everyone tries it out. And after all, since it’s totally free you can hit the “cancel” button at the bottom of the YourCast page should you not want them anymore. -ES

  6. tony May 21, 2009 8:50 PM

    Hey eric, so if I just make up some goofy email address for my phone and then enter on the mycast thing, would it work that way since I don’t have internet access for my phone.

  7. Adam Painter May 22, 2009 7:00 AM

    No problem Curt. It was my pleasure!

  8. Justin May 22, 2009 11:21 AM

    Tony – That wouldnt work, but you dont need internet access. The email address is basically just your text message inbox. All you need to find out is what the email would be for your service provider. You could find that by just searching google.

    For example, I have verizon, so the email for text messages is xxxxxxxxxx@vtext.com

  9. tony May 22, 2009 2:45 PM

    Ok I did google it and it told me for tmobile, mine is xxxxxxxxxx@tmomail.net. Thanks for all your help.

  10. donald finn June 5, 2009 2:58 PM

    want to sign up for severe weather on my cell. am not getting anywhere. Betty Lou

  11. Glenda July 7, 2009 7:20 AM

    I signed up to receive weather alerts on my cell. Is there a way to add another number so both my husband and myself can receive these? Thanks!

  12. Justin Gehrts July 7, 2009 7:27 AM

    I think you can only do one number per YourCast account. You could create a second YourCast account and have it set up to send alerts to the second phone.

  13. Jessica Banker August 18, 2009 12:45 PM

    if you don’t know what your email address is for your phone try sending a text message to your email. Thats how I found out what mine was. I just created a text message, and instead of entering a phone number, I entered my entire email address, and sent the message. A few minutes later the email/text was in my inbox, and there was the address for my cell phone.

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