Whether it’s for winter blizzards and ice storms or summer tornadoes, the best way to keep up to date on campus closing or other dangers is through Kirk Alert. So if you haven’t yet, be sure to sign up to receive Kirk Alerts and get a warning if dangerous weather threatens the campus.

Even if you were PREVIOUSLY signed up for Kirk Alert the system changed this summer and old accounts were not transferred over. So you have to sign up again. For those of you who never signed up before, here’s your chance! (Note some of the information and text below came from a now changed page on the Kirkwood Community College website. I kept some of the text and updated the information.)

Kirk Alert

Kirkwood Alert is an alert system that allows Kirkwood to contact you during an emergency by sending text messages to your:

  • email account (school, work, home, other)
  • cell phone or pager
  • smartphone and handheld device

While Kirkwood Alert is a free service, your wireless carrier may charge you a fee to receive messages on your cellphone.

To Sign up go to:


On the main Kirk Alert page you may get details about signing up (under Opt In) and change or recover your password. Don’t lose the password so you can change settings as necessary.

Snow Delay Times

Kirkwood Community College has the option to start late (10 am), to cancel at noon, to cancel the entire day, or to cancel daytime classes and reopen for the evening depending on changing weather conditions. If we have a late start please don’t come to the campus until shortly before 10 am because staff use the time to clear parking lots and sidewalks and need the space empty to efficiently do their jobs.

Check this link for more on the weather delay set up.

More Details About Kirk Alert

Kirkwood Alert is a system used to send emergency alerts, notifications and updates to your:

  • email
  • text
  • voice

In the event of an emergency such as a tornado or other critical situation, Kirkwood will be able to send important alerts and updates right to your cell phone or mobile device. We will also be using Kirkwood Alert for school closing notifications.  All you have to do is sign up for a Kirkwood Alert account to be notified.

Each person may sign up for a Kirkwood Alert account. You can add multiple devices to a Kirkwood Alert account. Alerts will be sent to all of them. This service is available to students, parents, community partners–anyone who might need to know crucial information about the college.

If you think there may be an emergency, please also check normal sources of news and information in addition to waiting for a Kirk Alert.

Weather and any other campus closing emergencies will still be released to the various local news sources.

You may sign in now to update your contacts, or check out what the most recent Kirk Alerts have been.


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