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Emergency communication 
If winter weather conditions – or other circumstances -- have you wondering about the status of operations at the IEL, you’ve got options for getting updates. 
Operations hotline
Dial 509-533-3303 to reach the Community Colleges of Spokane Operations Hotline. If CCS operations are affected by severe weather, or any other type of emergency, the hotline is updated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Note: It’s a looping message, so there may be a delay as calls are answered in the order they are received. 
CCS operations update
In the event of an emergency, updates on CCS operations are posted to the CCS operations update page as they become available. 
CCS alerts (e-mail and text messaging)
This e-mail and text message system is available to CCS students, faculty and staff only and by subscription. Once signed up, participants receive e-mail and/or text messages regarding CCS emergency operations as they are generated. If you are a CCS student, instructor or staff person and would like to subscribe, click on CCS alerts and follow the prompts. (Note: A CCS SID and PIN number are required.) 
If you are a CCS alerts subscriber and have changed your cell phone service provider, you’ll need to re-subscribe, even if your number has not changed. Just log on, remove your old information and update with your current service. 
CCS Operations Blog
In the event CCS computer systems are disabled and we lose the ability to communicate via the website, CCS Operations Update, a CCS operations blog, can be activated to provide up-to-date operations-related information.

Local media 
If possible, CCS also informs local news media about weather-related and other school closures and delays. This includes our three primary television stations (KREM-TV Channel 2, KXLY-TV Channel 4, and KHQ-TV Channel 6), plus radio stations KXLY-AM 920, KGA-AM 1510, KDRK-FM 93.7, and KPBX-FM 91.1.