Smartphone users can now download a free app to receive severe weather notifications from the popular Alabama SAF-T-Net program. The Alabama SAF-T-Net app is also a full service weather app featuring radar images, an hour-by-hour forecast and more, in addition to sending Alabama SAF-T-Net notifications for up to four monitored locations. By downloading the free app, a smartphone automatically becomes one location; the user can then identify up to three additional locations to be monitored such as work, school or home. The user will get notifications through the app if the phone (and user) or any monitored location is in the path of severe weather.
“An app was the next logical step in the Alabama SAF-T-Net program. The ‘Follow Me’ technology that allows a phone’s internal GPS to act as a monitored location is the ultimate in site-specific, location-based weather. It doesn’t matter if you are at the ball field, the movies, or a dance recital; if the smartphone in your pocket or purse has the Alabama SAF-T-Net app, you will receive push notifications when you are in the path of severe weather, giving you time to take action,” stated Bob Baron, President and CEO of Baron Services.
Baron Services donated the Alabama SAF-T-Net program to the residents of the state of Alabama in early 2012 in response to a need identified by the Tornado Recovery Action Council (TRAC) for “a statewide, integrated severe-weather alert system that provides more-precise alerts for individuals and businesses than current countywide warnings, allows individuals to enroll phone numbers, and takes advantage of smartphone technologies.” Alabama Governor Robert Bentley commissioned the council to study and report on the events of April 27, 2011.
The free Alabama SAF-T-Net app is available through the Apple App Store for iPhones and Google Play Store for Android devices beginning May 21, 2013. Residents who already use Alabama SAF-T-Net through text, email or voice call should visit the FAQ page on AlabamaSAFTNET.com to deactivate that account after downloading the app. Deactivating the original account will prevent duplicate notifications.
About Baron Services
A leading weather technology company, Baron Services specializes in providing state-of-the-science weather information to governments, businesses and broadcasters. With numerous patents in weather technology, Baron serves the industry as experts in weather integration, data analysis and processing, modeling, and radar manufacturing. In partnership with L-3 STRATIS, Baron Services is nearing completion on an upgrade of the nation’s system of 171 NWS Doppler radars to dual-polarity. Through Baron’s Velocity Weather API, Baron Services now offers web-delivered meteorological data streams for integration into a range of devices and services such as smart phone/tablet apps, websites, MFDs, chart plotters, and more. Baron Services is headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama. For more news and information on Baron Services, please visit www.baronservices.com