SAF-T-Net app update will allow two-way communication between users and emergency officials

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - Huntsville, Madison and the county are joining with Baron Services in a Critical Weather Initiative.

The initiative centers around Baron Services' SAF-T-Net weather alert app and a soon-to-be-released update that will involve you in their weather response.

Anytime, anywhere, during any type of weather event, the update to the SAF-T-Net app will allow two-way communication between subscribers, city and county emergency officials and WHNT News 19.

"Our critical weather initiative takes what the EMAs can do and expand it to all of the agencies in the county, both city and county agencies such as fire and police and 911," said Bob Baron, founder of Baron Services and longtime meteorologist in the Tennessee Valley.

When severe weather strikes, people can send photos of the storm's impact around them and receive a response.

"That person who calls in and says I've have a weather event at my house.  A tree is down in front of it, he takes a picture and sends it in, we know when we send a crew we better send chainsaws with it," said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle.

The new feature will not only help emergency management agencies track the impact of a storm on ground. The two-way communication could help save lives when phone or power lines are down.

"We're all a part of a network and when emergency circumstances happen we have the ability now to receive information that's geo-tagged and send information back directly to those who have been in harm's way," explained Baron.

The WHNT SAF-T-Net app update will be available in the next couple of weeks.  If you have the app already, we'll send you an alert when it's time to update.  If you don't have the app yet, it's free and you can download it through your iPhone or Android's app store.  Just search WHNT.

1 Comment

  • Frank

    It would appear that the latest iOS update (v2.0.20140618) released towards the end of June 2014 seriously broke this app. Now it no longer even loads. Reviews in the app store show I’m not the only one with this problem and a LOT of upset folks are looking for answers. Running on an iPhone 5, with latest Apple released iOS (nothing special or custom about this phone/iOS).

    Normally I’m leery of allowing any app to update until it’s been vetted by a larger community of users (i.e. reviews in the app store) because it’s not the first time I’ve experienced an update breaking functionality. The app was a perfect example. It took them quite a few weeks to get the new format of the app to work correctly, during which time I was left with a horrible user experience.

    Your article is the reason I allowed my phone to install the update, and now I cannot revert or go-back to the older version (which worked great BTW). Did you even test the new version out before “recommending” that your viewing audience upgrade ?

    Can you contact Baron to see what’s going on, and when we can expect a functional app ? They have been very un-responsive to end-user requests both in the app store, and on their web site. Please post updates to this article to reflect what they let you know.

    Thanks !

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