NEW PROGRAM PROVIDES WEATHER WARNINGS FREE OF CHARGE
Alabamians now have access to a free severe weather alert system, thanks to a partnership between the State of Alabama and Baron Services, Inc.
SAF-T-Net®, a free weather warning system, notifies subscribers when inclement weather is in their area via email, text and landline phones.
Gov. Robert Bentley, along with weather officials from around the state, unveiled the program Wednesday, the third day of Severe Weather Awareness Week, which focused on tornado safety.
“By allowing people to receive customized weather warnings for a specific area, we can do an even better job of helping the right people receive the right warnings at the right time,” Bentley said.
SAF-T-Net allows users to upload four locations, such as home, work and school, by either address or latitude and longitude coordinates. Users are also given the option to select the type of warning received, such as tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings. If a warning is issued for the selected addresses, SAF-T-Net will notify subscribers by text or e-mail. For users who do not have e-mail or cell phones, a landline alert is also available.
The Tornado Recovery Action Council (TRAC), established by Bentley after the April 27 tornadoes, suggested such a system.
“We at Baron Services are proud to serve the residents of Alabama and are happy that our technology is capable of responding to the recommendations of the Tornado Recovery Action Council,” said Bob Baron, president and CEO of Huntsville-based Baron Services, Inc. “We are especially pleased to be able to offer this service at no cost, and we hope people will use this tool as an added component of their severe weather safety plan.
To sign up for the program, visit AlabamaSAFTNet.com