Adding a Location
When starting Pro Weather Alert for the first time, you will be
taken to the Add Location screen. All weather alerts are based
on geographic location, specifically what county you live in.
This screen will allow you to input information so that the county
can be determined.
This prompts you for a name to give the location, and then either a
zip code, or a city, state combination.
Name: Alerts will identify
what location they are for. So put in an intuitive name (such
as "Home", "Work", "Mom's") so that you can quickly determine what
area a particular alert is for. Each name should be unique.
(Simple Weather Alert only uses one location, so the name
is not as important and will not be shown on the list.
However, you must still supply one.)
Find By City,
State or County, State or ZIP Code Lookup
Zip, City/State: Enter the zip
code of the area you want to monitor. The zip code must be 5
digits long and only numbers. If you wish to put in a city
instead, then use the form of "City, State". Capitalization is not
important, and you can either spell out the state name or use the 2
letter abbreviation. For the city name, do not use any
abbreviations such as ST for Saint. No punctuation or symbols
should be a part of the city name.
County/State: Enter your
location in the form of "County, State" and select the County radio
button. Alerts are based on the county you live in, so it
doesn't matter which specific city you are in, just which
Once the location and name are entered, tap Find By Lookup. You will
either be sent to the Locations List, or you will receive an error
message. These are the messages you might receive:
In some cases, the location you entered may be a part of multiple
counties. Since weather alerts are based on counties, it is
important to choose the right one. A dialog box will appear in
those instances and show you the county names associated with the
zip or city/state you entered.
- Please enter a name for this
location: You accidentally left the Name field
blank. Each location requires a name.
- Please enter either a 5 digit
ZIP code, or a City, State. The input form could
not tell if you were trying to put in a zip code or a city state
combination. Please check again and use either a 5 digit
zip code, or a city/state in the form of "City, ST". Do
not use any abbreviations or symbols in the city name.
- An error occured looking up
that location. Please verify your entry and try again:
location you entered was not found in the database, OR there was
a network-related connection error trying to look it up.
Verify you have good connectivity and try again. In rare
cases, the lookup database might be down shortly for
maintenance. Try again in a few minutes. In most
cases this error occurs when a mis-spelling of the city name
occurs. You might try a zip code instead.
- That location does not
exist. Please check your spelling and try again.
For city names, do not use abbreviations or punctuation.:
The location you entered could not be found in the location
database. If it fails again, try entering a zip code if
you had been trying a city, or vice versa. Remember, do
not enter "St Paul", use "Saint Paul".
- Network connectivity error:
is a good data signal.
- That NWS alert area is
already active in location: Location Name. This
is not an error. What it means is that you already have a
location in your locations list that covers the area you are
trying to add. Since weather alerts are based on the
counties, that means you are trying to add another location in
the same county. Since this is needlessly redundant, you
are prevented from doing so. The "Location Name" will
indicate to you which location already covers this area.
Select the locations you wish to add and tap Done. If you want
to enter a different location instead, tap Cancel. For each
location chosen, they will have the same location name, but with an
increasing number appended to it.
Weather Alert will only allow you to select one of the counties
Find My Phone
Tap the Find My Phone button to have the app determine your weather
location by phone location. This will use either an enabled
GPS or Network Location. The status of those two services are
shown for convenience. At least one of those must be enabled
or phone location lookup will not work and you will receive a
message telling you.
You can easily access the Location Provider settings by tapping the
Menu key, and tapping the Location Provider Settings option.
Once you have enabled GPS and/or Network Location providers, tap the
Back button to return to the location add screen.
Track My Phone
Tap the Track My Phone button to go to the setup screen for location
Simple Weather Alert does not offer location tracking)
Location tracking allows you to use your GPS or network location
enabled phone to track your location, adding and removing counties
as they come within your range, and monitoring alerts for those
areas. In this way, your alerts list will always show you
alerts for areas around you, no matter where you travel to.
As with finding the phone location, you must have either GPS or
Network Location providers enabled. To access the setup screen
for these providers, tap Menu.
When active, location tracking will keep an up to date list of the
closest counties around you. Those counties will then be
checked for active alerts. So location tracking allows you to
monitor alerts in your vicinity as you travel.
How Far - Choose how far
out from your current location to search for other counties.
How Often - Choose how often
to update the list of locations around you.
How Many - Choose a max
number of counties to track at any one time.
Start Tracking - Tap to
enable location tracking. The tracked locations will appear in
your locations list and any active alerts for those locations will
be shown in the alerts list.
Once tapped, the button changes to Stop
Tracking. You can then tap it to stop location
tracking and remove any tracked locations from the locations
list. You can also turn tracking on and off via the Location Tracking app widget.
This screen shows all of your active locations. You will be brought here each
time you successfully add a location, or hit Locations from the
Alerts List menu. You can add or delete more locations from
here. The location you put in is shown, if you used City,
State, or the city associated with the zip code you entered.
To add a location: Tap the
Add Location button. It will take you to the Add Location
(Simple Weather Alert only allows for one location.
Trying to add a location when you already have one active will
tell you that you cannot unless you delete your current location
To delete a location:
Tap and hold for 2 seconds on the location entry. A menu
will come up. Select "Delete Location" and a confirmation will
pop up. Hit Yes to delete the location, or No to cancel.
To edit a location name: Tap
and hold for 2 seconds on the location entry. A menu will come
up. Select "Edit Location Name" and a text box will pop
up. Enter the new location name and tap Ok. Or tap
Cancel, and the name will be unchanged.
To disable a location: Tap
and hold for 2 seconds on an enabled location entry. A menu
will come up. Select "Disable Location". That location
will no longer generate alerts.
To enable a location: Tap
and hold for 2 seconds on a disabled location entry (gray
background). A menu will come up. Select "Enable
Location". That location will be checked for active alerts on
the next alert cycle.
(Simple Weather Alert will not let you enable or disable
locations, since you can only have one.)
Change to Permanent:
Tracking locations are added and deleted as you move around, when
you have Location Tracking started. However, you can convert a
tracking location into a permanent entry in the list Tap and
hold for 2 seconds on a tracking location entry (yellow text).
A menu will come up. Select "Change to Permanent" to make that
location an active location on your list that will not go away when
you stop Location Tracking.
To go to the Tracking Control
screen: Tap Menu and select Location Tracking Control
To leave the Locations List:
Tap Finished. You will be taken to the alerts list.