Signing up for Emergency Alerts using SMS

We’re adding a new way for residents to register for local emergency alerts. It’s simple, easy and makes a ton of sense: using SMS.

The process starts by texting a message to our registration number. For example, send “burkealerts” to 828-201-3877 (assuming you’re in Burke Count, NC). You’ll get a reply asking for your address.

Then for confirmation, we’ll ask for your name.

Third, we’ll ask for an email address, in case you want messages sent there.

Last, we’ll ask for the numbers of other people you think should be signed up.

Terms and conditions are here:

After all, if we’re going to get people to register their phones, doesn’t it make sense to use the device we want them to register?