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Weather Alerts Have some Wondering How to Opt Out

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Smart phones definitely make it easier to find out when the next big storm is coming. But when is enough ,enough? Some folks reached out to us on Facebook, saying they were tired of all of the alerts coming their way last night as the storm approached. But as Valley News team's Eric Crest explains, you can beat the system.

The heads up about extreme weather, all on the tips of your fingers is nice to have. But sometimes the alerts may be over the top.

"We start getting calls from people about why am I getting a text message, why am I getting emails, why am I getting 3-4 of them in the middle of the night and there waking me up?"

Dave Rogness, the Cass County Emergency Manager says don't blame the Code Red System. You signed up for every last alert. Good news though, you can ask the program only to alert you to the most serious weather. It's as easy as changing your settings on the county's website.

"Get to the frequently asked questions, click on how can I unsubscribe, and it will tell you how to do that," says Rogness.

But some people got multiple alerts last night. Turns out it wasn't technically Code Red at all. But merely weather alerts you signed up for through various media sites that issue a very similar warning of extreme weather.

"I didn't get any cause I didn't sign up for winter weather alerts," says Rogness who admits he doesn't need to know when the winter storm is coming through.

The thing is sometimes signing up for too many weather alerts might turn out to be more than you bargained for.

"Why am I getting all of these messages from Code Red? As the staff here worked through that we're finding that in almost all instances it was not a Code Red message. It came from a different system," says Rogness.

As the National Weather Service issues warnings for a county, these alerts start popping up for various media outlets as well. Sometimes your mailbox just gets full in the process.

'They may have forgotten they've signed up for three others(weather alerts) in the last year or so," says Rogness.

Tired of all the texts and alerts? Try replying "stop". Or in the case of receiving Code Red alerts, you can modify your settings so you only receive alerts in the most extreme weather events.

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