How to customize your Local 8 News alerts in five easy steps

Do you know how to make your WVLT.TV app work for you? Once you've downloaded the app from the App Store or Google Play store, it's easy to get the alerts you want sent straight to your phone or mobile device:

1. Open the app and tap the "Settings" icon, which looks like a gear on Apple devices and is under the three dots in the upper right corner of the app on Android devices.

2. Check the boxes or select the alerts you want to receive, such as "Breaking News" or "Sports." See below for a detailed explanation of each alert category.

3. Tap the "Severe Weather" category for county-specific alerts. You can select up to five counties for which you'd like to receive severe weather alerts. Search for counties by name, or scroll through a list to locate specific areas.

4. Tap the "Closings" category and search for schools, churches or businesses by school or business name.

5. Keep up with all the latest notifications by tapping the "Alerts" icon on Apple devices, or by tapping the three dots in the upper right corner of the app on Android devices and choosing "Notifications."

We’ve broken up our alerts into custom categories so that you only receive the information that's most important to you.

BREAKING: These are the things you really need to know. They are the huge stories - the breaking news that matter to you.

TRENDING: Not every good story is a breaking news story. We use this category to highlight less time-sensitive stories that you won't want to miss.

FORECASTS: The weather information you need to plan your day.

SEVERE WEATHER (GENERAL): When it's a Local 8 Weather Alert Day and weather is going to impact your day, we will alert you.

SEVERE WEATHER (COUNTY SPECIFIC): Enable county specific alerts to receive watches and warnings for a particular area.

CLOSINGS: Enable custom closings notifications and we'll send you a note when your chosen school or business is closed or delayed.

SPORTS: Get scores and news updates on professional, college and high school sports.

LIVE REMINDERS: You’ve heard the expression, “Well, you just had to be there…” There are some moments you don’t want to miss. So, when there’s something you just have to see on TV, or when we’re live streaming local events or severe weather coverage, you’ll know what’s on.