Alabamians know the dangers and devastation severe weather can bring, and with today's technology, they are demanding quicker updates and notification. A Huntsville company is meeting that need with the debut of Alabama SAF-T-NET.
Baron Services, Inc. made the announcement Wednesday, along with Governor Robert Bentley, Huntsville and Madison County leaders and state media personnel.
Governor Bentley thanked Baron Services for the product, which will be offered at no cost to the state, its citizens, and media partners.
"The more people we can warn, the better we will be," said Governor Bentley. "This is a statewide system that Baron has allowed the people of Alabama to use, free of charge. And we just want to thank you and thank your company for what you do, and the services you render to the state of Alabama."
Alabama SAF-T-NET is a site-specific severe weather alert system. The patented system will use e-mails, text messages and phone calls to warn people in the path of severe weather. Baron Services developed the system based on recommendations outlined by the state's Tornado Recovery Action Council (TRAC), which was formed after the devastation of April 27, 2011.
"There's no question that one of the most significant recommendations that emerged from our study, was that we need to take advantage of the great work that is already being done in this state to warn our citizens," said Ron Gray, TRAC Chairman. "[The goal was to] expand that capability and do a better job to warn them, and maybe most importantly, change how our citizens react when they receive tornado warnings."
"We at Baron Services were inspired by the committee's findings," said Bob Baron, the company's CEO and President. "Baron has a number of patented, longstanding products that we realized could be combined to 14:13:39 create a generational leap in severe weather communication links. We could help -- we could do it, and by golly, we did."
Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said he was proud the technology was developed right here in the Rocket City.
"This shows the technology work that goes on day after day in Cummings Research Park, and we are very proud to have this established here," said Battle.
Below, Web Content Manager Claire Aiello demonstrates how you can sign up for Alabama SAF-T-NET on WHNT.com.