WHNT News 19 Closings Policy

When severe weather moves into the Tennessee Valley, WHNT News 19 will keep you informed on-air and online, through WHNT.com, and our social media platforms.

Relaying weather safety information is our priority and it often takes many of our staff members and resources to do this.

If you need to list a closing, please email it to closings@whnt.com or call our newsroom at (256) 534-7226.  Please note – we only check the closings email account during severe weather.  If this is a closing during a ‘non-severe weather event,’ please email news.department@whnt.com or call our newsroom at (256) 534-7226.

We get flooded with requests to list closings during times of severe weather or winter weather. This is not an understatement.  There are numerous other ways for you to notify employees you are closed, and we list many suggestions below.

If you are reporting a closing for a school system or large business (200 or more employees), you will need our password.  If you do not currently have our password, please contact our newsroom through the phone number above or email news.department@whnt.com to obtain it.

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What we will list on our TV crawl and on WHNT.com:

  • K-12 Schools & Colleges (public & private)
  • Major Businesses (large employers, county courthouses & agencies, public offices, cancer care and dialysis centers, etc.)
  • Road Closings and Public Safety Information
  • Cancellations of Major Events (200 or more attendees)
  • Other Items, at our editorial discretion

Please consider using social media to relay your closing

In January 2013, WHNT News 19 revised its policy regarding reporting of closings.  We no longer list daycare closings, doctor’s offices or cancellations of small group meetings.  We also don’t list retail stores.  If we don’t implement limits, the number of closings quickly becomes too voluminous to be effective on air or on WHNT.com.

There are numerous ways you can communicate information to your staff, clients and customers.

Huntsville Pediatric Associates, a large practice, uses Facebook to post updates on closings for staff and patients.

Huntsville Pediatric Associates, a large practice, uses Facebook to post updates on closings for staff and patients.

We recommend your organization consider following the decision of the local school system in your area and communicate that information in advance to your clients and staff.  Or, post closings information on your own website or to Facebook or Twitter and encourage your parents to check those for updates.  Millions of people use those platforms, including your clients, staff, and likely you — and they offer great ways for you to market your business as well.

Groups can also use similar Facebook pages to post notifications about meeting delays or cancellations.  You can limit the number of admins on the Page so only you or a trusted colleague can post the closing.

You could also set up an email to notify impacted individuals.  Here’s an example from a local dentistry practice.

We appreciate your understanding and we welcome questions and feedback to our policy.  Please email us at news.department@whnt.com.

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