The City of Norfolk Nebraska has
created an Emergency Alert Messaging System. This system will
send text messages of emergency alerts to cell phones of subscribers
to the system. Below are instructions for subscribing and
unsubscribing to the Emergency Alert System. The City of
Norfolk will use this system only for emergency messages such as a
snow emergency, storm related weather emergency, or other type of
emergency situation. The intent is to limit the text messages
a subscriber receives to the minimum necessary to be aware of
To subscribe to the Norfolk Emergency Alert
From any phone capable of sending and
receiving text messages, send a text message containing the two
words follow norfolkalerts (with a space
between) to the phone number 40404.
(It may seem odd to send a text message to the phone number 40404
instead of to a phone number like 4025551212, but that is the
correct way to sign up for receiving emergency alert messages.)
Within a few minutes after you send the
text message as described above, you should get a confirmation
messages that says “You’re now following @norfolkalerts”.
This message confirms that you are signed up to receive the Norfolk
emergency alert messages. You may receive one or two
additional informational messages at sign up time which you can
ignore. You will also receive the last emergency message the
City has posted.
To unsubscribe from the Norfolk Emergency Alert
Send a text message containing the two
words unfollow norfolkalerts (with a
space between) to the phone number 40404.
Within a few minutes after you send the text message, you should get
a confirmation message that says “You are no
longer following @norfolkalerts”. This message confirms
that you have unsubscribed to Norfolk emergency alert messages.
There is no charge to receive emergency
alert messages from the City of Norfolk, however normal text
messaging charges from your wireless phone carrier may apply.
Messages delivered through the Norfolk
Emergency Alert Messaging System are intended to be a best effort
communication and are just one component of many methods of
emergency communications. Citizens are also encouraged to
listen to radio and television to be aware of emergency situations.
Text messages may be delayed or not received during regional
emergencies, periods of high messaging traffic, or due to technical