How do you get your alerts?

At 13WREX, we have many ways to receive severe weather alerts. You can get them at once on your Facebook or Twitter feed. (I’m also on Twitter but do not give alerts in real-time. Find me here: @ericsorensen.)

Next, you can select our in-house text alert service by clicking here.

Finally, our 13Interactive Futuretrack program on wrex.com has texting and emailing capabilities. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial.

Click here to get started.

You’ll see the following images:

You’ll have to create a username and password. Once you’ve entered your information, click on the “EMAIL ALERTS” tab. You can receive an e-mail forecast from our team in the morning or afternoon if you choose, but select the “SEVERE WEATHER ALERT EMAILS” tab. Follow the instructions to choose the warning type and county or counties. You can just select TORNADO WARNING and WINNEBAGO COUNTY if you live in the Rockford area and want a text for the worst warning. I’d suggest selecting TORNADO WATCHES, TORNADO WARNINGS, SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS for your county and the county immediately to your west.

Next, you’ll need the email address for your phone. I have Verizon wireless as my cell provider so my phone’s email address is: 815xxxxxxx@vtext.com. Sprint, US Cellular, AT&T, and Cricket all have different formats so make sure you’re typing it in correctly!

If you have questions, please e-mail us on Monday and we’ll try to help you. Keep in mind, during severe weather we cannot troubleshoot problems with this service.

Thanks for taking the time to get connected. It’s important for everyone to be ready for severe storms BEFORE they move in. It seems everyone has a cell phone. Everyone should have a way to get the warning. Heck! I don’t care if you want to try another TV station’s service. Just get something! It’s easier than carrying a weather radio around with you everywhere you go.

Have a good weekend all! -ES

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Posted under safety, severe weather, weather geek

This post was written by qni_it on April 13, 2012

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