When you download the app you'll be asked if you'd like to receive push alerts. Answer yes, and breaking news, daily forecast, severe weather and school closing alerts will be sent right to your home screen, even when you aren't using the app.
Plus, using the app you can watch 7 Action News streaming live right from you phone.
Another useful tool can be found on WXYZ.com under the Alerts & Email tab. This is a good option if you'd prefer to receive alerts via email or in a text.
The best part is that the alerts can be tailored specifically to you. So you can receive severe weather alerts for just Wayne County and school closing alerts for just the Grosse Pointe district, or even a specific school.