GPAEA Alerts

Check & Connect Day 1 for Ottumwa Canceled Today

Check & Connect Day 1 for Ottumwa Canceled Today: Please note that due to inclement weather, Day 1 of Check & Connect for Ottumwa will be canceled. We will have Day 1 now on Dec. 3 and reschedule the second day at a later time. Thank you for your understanding.

Contact: or 800-622-0027 Ext. 1133


GPAEA Event Delays/Cancellations

About this time every year we worry about inclement weather and scheduled classes/workshops at Great Prairie AEA.

How will you find out if your class/workshop is delayed or cancelled? We encourage you to check the following sources:

  • Check GPAEA Alerts (Cancellations will be listed above this post)
  • Call your consultant or specialist's extension at 800-382-8970 or 800-622-0027 and listen to the voicemail message.
  • Check your email for a message from your consultant or specialist.
  • Follow GPAEA on Twitter: GPAEA Alerts will be posted on Twitter at
  • Like GPAEA on Facebook:GPAEA Alerts will be posted on Facebook at

Great Prairie AEA will not be using local radio or TV stations to communicate delays or cancellations.

You can “subscribe” to GPAEA Alerts and automatically receive a message if a class or workshop has been delayed or cancelled. How? Scroll down and view the best option for you!

School Closings, Delays & Cancellation Information


Subscribing to GPAEA Alerts with News Readers

There are many "RSS Readers" or "News Readers" available for Macintosh and Windows computers as well as for many mobile devices and handhelds such as cell phones, blackberries and even iPods!

Some of these news readers are in the form of widgets, or gagets. Some are designed to work from within the computer's desktop, or menu bar and some are self contained software applications. I found one for MAC OSX, called "RSS Menu" that works quite well. Google Reader is a web based reader that will also allow subscriptions to GPAEA Alerts.

While its time consuming to investigate every reader out there (as some are better than others), I have found that the iPod Touch works quite well with GPAEA Alerts! Just use the iPod's built in safari browser to go to the address of GPAEA Alerts:

The iPod will automatically recognize that this address is a RSS Feed and will automatically subscribe you through Simply bookmark the subscribed page that results so that each time you visit this link you will see any new posts to the blog! In addition to bookmarking the subscribed page- you may also link the page as an icon on the iPod's Home, all one needs to do is press the GPAEA Alerts icon or button to see all the recent posts!


Subscribing to GPAEA Alerts with a Web Browser

Subscribing to GPAEA Alerts can be as simple as bookmarking this site. If your browser accepts RSS, click on the RSS icon found in the address bar.  Shown below is the RSS icon, to the left of the star, shown in the Firefox browser.

RSS icon in Firefox

Once the icon is clicked, the browser will show a "Subscribe Now" button.  Pressing the subscribe now button will set the bookmark, in a location of your choice. You might rename this feed to GPAEA Alerts, and set the bookmark on your bookmark toolbar. Selecting Live Bookmarks will keep you automatically updated on any new posts to the blog!

Firefox Subscribe Now buton

There are many other ways to subscribe to GPAEA Alerts. The next post will provide directions to subscribe directly into your email, using Thunderbird!