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Editor’s Notebook: Staying on top of breaking news

Published: Friday, May 2, 2014 11:42 p.m. CDT

The issuance of a tornado warning. A multivehicle crash that is tying up traffic. A crime-related development in your neighborhood.

You can be the first to know about such happenings by signing up for Kane County Chronicle text alerts.

The Chronicle launched a new text-alert system earlier this month. Subscribers to the previous system must re-register to receive alerts through the new – and improved – system.

Improved? Indeed it is.

Those who would like to receive text alerts now are able to select various alerts from a list of options.

Choices include notifications for breaking news, severe weather and Amber Alerts. Readers also can sign up to receive a daily weather forecast (sent at 7 a.m.), as well as news about Kane County prep sports, the Kane County Cougars and local garage sales.

Signing up is easy, and it’s free. Just visit www.shawurl.com/kcctexts. Input your information and select the various notifications you would like to receive.

Becoming a recipient of text alerts through the Chronicle could wind up having a significant impact on your life. For example, the severe weather alerts – which are automated alerts activated by advisories and warnings issued by the National Weather Service – could warn you of a life-threatening tornado or flood.

“Such automation eliminates potential delays from relaying alerts and warns residents of impending inclement weather as soon as that information is available,” according to the text service.

And, on the breaking news side, who wouldn’t want to know if there has been a burglary spree in their neighborhood? Or a major traffic accident that has indefinitely closed down a local intersection?

As a co-worker of mine put it, “In the electronic age, it’s the Internet equivalent of the newsboy on the corner shouting, ‘Extra! Extra! Read all about it!’”

• Kathy Gresey is editor of the Kane County Chronicle and president of the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association Board. Contact her at kgresey@shawmedia.com or 630-845-5368. Learn more about NINA at http://ninaonline.org.

Get breaking and town-specific news sent to your phone. Sign up for text alerts from the Kane County Chronicle.

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