With Community Connection, individuals can sign-up and receive important, community-related information sent as text messages directly to their mobile phone, wireless PDA or pager. They can also receive the same information via email. People will be able to opt-in and select the information they want to receive from the community. For example, the following categories have been set up to choose from:
School Info: Emergencies, Closings & Early Dismissals - Get up-to-the minute information directly from your local school district on school-related events. Snow Days - Late Field Trip Arrivals - Early Dismissals etc.
Community Emergencies - Select this category and receive public safety information like Weather Warnings, Lost or Missing Persons Alerts and 911 Type Emergency Information.
Community Sports - When the game is called due to weather, or if the location changes due to scheduling, get the information sent right to your cell phone. No mixed messages at home or work.
Step 1: You can test your mobile phone to make sure it is text-enabled. You will enter your name, zip code, time zone, mobile phone number and mobile carrier on a website. You will choose which message categories you want to receive (either the school information or community emergencies, or both). You can elect to enter your email address if you want Community Connection information via email. It is also an option to receive messages by email only, and not on your mobile phone.
Step 2: A 5-digit Authorization Code will be immediately sent as a text message to your mobile phone (or to your email address if you only want email). When you receive the code, your mobile phone is confirmed to be text-enabled. You must type the 5-digit code in the Authorization box on the sign-up page and press ?Enter.? Once you have entered the 5-digit code, you have completed the sign-up process. It is very easy.
To U.S. Cellular Customers: You must have your cell phone's email address enabled in order to receive Community Connection text messages. There is an added cost of $1.95 per month charged by U.S. Cellular for this service.
The Community Connection is a free service provided by Farmers Bank of Northern Missouri. This is a Can-Spam Compliant application. Your name and personal contact information is protected and will remain private. Please check your cell phone plan for any text message fees your wireless provider may charge.