Weather Safety & Preparedness
The best way to alert yourself and family of severe weather and tornado's is by having a NOAA Weather Radio in your home or building. They can be purchased at most all stores (i.e. Wal-Mart, Kroger, Radio Shack etc) The SAME code for Chambers County is 00-10-17 and the Channels are 162.525 or 162.450...whichever picks up the signal the clearest.
Now available as an additional means of alerts for your area is the SAF-T-Net service. The link to the website is under LINKS on our home page please go there to register for their service. The letter from the Govenor is below decribing the details of SAF-T-Net: www.alabamasaftnet.com
You should know what actions to take to protect yourself, family, pets and property against severe weather. Here are links to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration web sites that contain information about weather safety.
National Weather Service Safety Campaigns
Go to Disaster Emergency Preparedness Planning | Make a Plan ... to learn more about emergency preparedness plans.
OFFICE OF GOVERNOR ROBERT BENTLEY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2012
Governor Robert Bentley Participates in Launch of New Statewide Severe Weather Alerting System
HUNTSVILLE – Governor Robert Bentley on Wednesday joined with weather experts and other leaders at the launch of Alabama SAF-T-Net, a new, site-specific weather alerting system that will use e-mail, text messaging, and phone calls to warn people of approaching severe weather.
Alabama SAF-T-Net is offered to residents throughout the state at no cost. The system was developed by Baron Services, Inc., an Alabama-based weather technology company that works closely with the National Weather Service and other agencies to distribute warning information.
“This is a valuable public service that can help save lives by reaching people in a precise and timely manner,” Governor Bentley said. “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.”
The unveiling of SAF-T-Net coincided with the third day of Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama. The day’s focus was tornado safety. The National Weather Service reminded people that March through May are known as Alabama’s Spring Severe Weather Season, and all people are encouraged to have comprehensive severe weather plans.
Alabama SAF-T-Net is in line with recommendations from the Tornado Recovery Action Council. TRAC was commissioned by Governor Bentley following the devastating April 27, 2011, tornado outbreak. Among the TRAC recommendations was a suggestion for “a statewide, integrated severe weather alert system that provides more precise alerts for individuals and businesses than current county-wide warnings.”
The TRAC recommendation encouraged a system that would allow people to enroll their phone numbers and make use of smart phone technologies to receive warnings. Alabama SAF-T-Net allows people to register up to four locations for which they would like to receive warnings via e-mail, text, or a phone call.
“I believe the statewide SAF-T-Net program will complement the existing great work performed by the National Weather Service, our emergency management agencies, and local broadcast meteorologists,” said Ron Gray, executive director of the Tornado Recovery Action Council. “With this program added to our existing system of distributing warnings, the end result will be saving more lives in Alabama.”
“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 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 plans.”
People interested in signing up for SAF-T-Net can visit www.alabamasaftnet.com Governor Bentley also mentioned a potential sales tax holiday on certain items related to severe-weather preparedness at today’s press conference. Efforts are continuing to put such recommendations in place.
For other additional information, contact the Governor’s Press Office at 334-242-7150.
Alabama Emergency Management Agency
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