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Posted: 7:17 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013

Get News 96.5 StormCenter Alerts free on your mobile phone

Text WEATHER to 21232

Sign up for Storm Center text alerts by texting WEATHER to 21232
Sign up for Storm Center text alerts by texting WEATHER to 21232

By Joe Kelley

Orlando, Fla. —

In advance of and during a storm, time can save lives. That's why NEWS 96.5 offers StormCenter Alerts sent directly to your wireless phone for FREE. When you sign up, you'll get the text messages sent directly to your cell when we activate the NEWS 96.5 StormCenter.

StormCenter is our term for the activation of severe weather coverage on NEWS 96.5. Learn more about our StormCenter coverage.

To subscribe, text the word WEATHER to 21232 and you'll begin immediately receiving NEWS 96.5 StormCenter updates on your mobile device to  help you stay informed of impending weather.

The NEWS 96.5 StormCenter will send you an alert whenever a severe weather warning is issued for an adjacent county and is expected to reach Orlando, or in preparation for a major weather event (hurricane, tornado, etc). 

EXAMPLE StormCenter text:

STORMCENTER:  Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued by Nat'l Weather Service for multiple counties as storms approach Orlando. Live team coverage on now on News 96.5.


Frequently asked questions:

Q:  Is the service really free?

A:  NEWS 96.5 does not charge for text messages sent to or received from 21232; however, if you do not have unlimited text messages on your wireless plan; you may be subject to standard text rates through your wireless provider.

Q:  A thunderstorm warning was issued for Orange County, but I didn't receive a text.

A:  You will only receive a text message upon activation of The NEWS 96.5 StormCenter, if there is a new and serious threat to public safety, and/or there is breaking news associated with the storm (damage, etc).

Q:  What times of day can I expect to receive texts from NEWS 96.5?

A: We only send StormCenter text alerts between the hours of 7am - 10pm, unless there is a tornado warning for one of our StormCenter counties (Volusia, Lake, Seminole, Orange, Osceola, Brevard)

Q:  Why was my text message so delayed? I received an alert after a storm warning had already expired.

A:  Generally, texts are instantaneous. From the time we push 'send' in our system, to the time you receive the alert, it should be less than 30 seconds. However, sometimes, wireless providers have text alerts that get delayed in transit due to system maintenance or other provider issues. Sometimes, you may have had a lack of signal strength or signal outage when the text was sent, which may also cause a delay in receipt. If you experience these problems regularly, please contact us.

Q:  I've signed up, but I'm still not receiving messages from NEWS 96.5 during severe weather. What should I do?

A:  Report the problem here

Q:  I'm unable to send and receive text message on my cell phone. Is there another way I can get StormCenter information from you on the go?

A:  While text messages are the quickest and most effective means of alerting you to a severe weather threat, you can also get StormCenter information on our Facebook page at http://facebook.com/965orlando. Remember to always have a batter powered radio at home in case the power goes out and/or cell service becomes unavailable during a storm.

Q:  Does NEWS 96.5 offer text messages for breaking news and traffic alerts?

A:  Yes, to begin receiving Breaking News alerts on your mobile device, text the word, "NEWS" to 21232; for Red Alert Traffic notices, text the word, "TRAFFIC" to 21232.

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