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Stay connected to us wherever you are! With bcralerts, get breaking news updates along with other area information sent to you as a text message to your wireless device or by e-mail.

Choose from the following message categories:

  • News - Get breaking news and Amber Alerts.
  • bcrbriefs - Choose to receive news briefs, weather forecasts, death notices and more via e-mail Tuesday through Saturday. (bcrbriefs is by e-mail only.)
  • Severe Weather Alerts - Get severe weather advisories and warnings for Bureau County.
  • Daily Weather Forecast - Receive the local weather forecast as a text message each morning.
  • School Cancellations/Notices - Information necessary for parents regarding school closings, late starts or early dismissals.
  • School Activities Cancellations/Notices - Important information regarding sporting events and other school activities.
  • Local Real Estate - Be notified of new listings from area Realtors.

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Important: Our systems are tested for performance and reliability on a frequent basis. However, normal network transmission limitations can occur from time-to-time and may cause delays in the receipt of messages.

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1) News

2) Severe Weather Alerts

3) Daily Weather Forecast

4) School Cancellations/Notices

5) School Activities Cancellations/Notices

6) Community Cancellations/Notices

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