WHNT tests SAF-T-Net app’s photo feature

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Do you have the WHNT SAF-T-Net app on your phone?  If not, it’s a very handy tool to have during severe weather.

The app is free and available for iPhone and Android.

On Wednesday, September 17, shortly after 12 p.m. we conducted a test in conjunction with Baron Services and the Huntsville/Madison County Emergency Management Agency.  With the app’s recent update, users can submit photos so teams can see where a storm has caused damage.

During Wednesday’s test, we sent a message to a portion of east Huntsville and eastern Madison County asking people who have the SAF-T-Net app to submit photos.  More than 4,000 people received the alert and many of them sent in photos.  Thank you!

To send in photos any time, make sure you have the latest version of the WHNT SAF-T-Net app so you’ll see the link that says ‘Submit Content.’

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Tap the ’19’ at the top left and you’ll see this menu come up.  Click ‘Submit Content’ at the bottom and you can take a new photo or send one from your camera roll.

During a real severe weather situation, your photos will help teams see damage soon after it’s happened, and when it’s safe to take a photo.  This can help them quickly see a storm’s impact and determine how to respond.

Remember, only a portion of Madison County SAF-T-Net app subscribers received the test alert on Wednesday.  We plan to do more tests with other portions of the county in future weeks.  We appreciate you participating in our test!

 

2 comments

  • Nuclear Mike

    …too many companies with too many app’s trying to grab our time from our lives with little value or purpose…wanting the Public to do their work of gathering pictures & data for free while the companies profit in $dollars$…

  • Claire Aiello

    Mike, there are a lot of apps, yes. But this app is valuable in that it alerts you during severe weather. It’s free, too, so you don’t have to pay anything for it. If you drive through a thunderstorm in another state, and you have no idea about the potential danger you’re approaching, you’ll get an alert on your phone if you have location-based services on. That’s something that actually happened to me on a trip last year. I was surprised to get it and very thankful.

    Sadly, too many people wait until the last minute to get prepared and they have to scramble when a storm hits. We urge people to change that line of thinking and plan ahead. This app helps you do that.

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