Emergency Preparedness Information - Emergency Alerts

Emergency Alerts

Receive Weather Alerts and Emergency Messages by Text Message and E-Mail

Sign-up by clicking the button above. Residents may sign up to receive Weather Alerts from the MyStateUSA Alertsense System. Weather alerts can be sent to text messaging devices, and multiple email addresses/devices.

Weather alert information is generated by the National Weather Service at the County level. Signing up using any zip code within Champaign County, IL will allow you to receive the weather-related notices of your choice for all of Champaign County, IL. You need only subscribe with one Champaign County Zip Code to receive all weather messages pertaining to Champaign County.

Emergency notices generated by Champaign County for the public will also be sent in this manner.

The system provides the option of adding a second zip code for Weather Alerts for those who live or work in another county, but also wish to receive Alerts in Champaign County. It is recommended that you sign up for alerts using the zip code(s) where you spend most of your time.

This service is considered a supplement to a working NOAA Weather Radio. This service should not be relied on as a primary warning device, as text messages and e-mail messages can sometimes be delayed based on network traffic on your cellular carrier and/or email provider.

Messages are sent as follows:
  • Weather Warnings - 24 hours per day to Text Message and e-mail
  • Weather Watches - Severe Weather Watches (Tornado Watch, Severe Storm etc..) - 24 hours per day to text message and e-mail. Less severe types of watches will go only to e-mail.
  • Weather Advisories - These are less severe in nature. Text messages are sent between 9 AM and 9 PM, and emailed 24 hours per day. This restriction will minimize text message receipt during night time hours.
  • Emergency Messages from Champaign County - 24 hours per day by text message and e-mail.

There is no charge for this service, however your cellular carrier may charge for the receipt of text messages depending on your service plan. Please check with your carrier to determine applicable charges for the receipt of text messages. The National Weather Service, Champaign County and MyStateUSA are not responsible for these charges.