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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com or call our newsroom at (256) 534-7226 to alert us to the situation.
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 and clients that you are closed. 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. To obtain the password, please send us an email from a clearly verifiable email address associated with your business, along with your title and work phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What we will list on our TV crawl and on WHNT.com:
- K-12 Schools & Colleges (public & private)
- Major Businesses (employing greater than 200 people - For example, large employers, county courthouses & governmental agencies, public offices & services, cancer care and dialysis centers, large medical service providers, major retail centers, large banks, 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, church services or cancellations of small group meetings. We don't list small or individual 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.
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 email@example.com.