SAF-T-NET developers explain why some received tornado warning alert, others did not

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) -- Early Friday morning, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Madison County. Many of you are asking why some warning systems notified the entire county, while the Alabama SAF-T-NET -- utilized by WHNT News 19 -- did not alert county-wide.

Developers at Baron Services in Huntsville say their warning system worked just like it was designed to function. It only sent a notification to a limited number of people who were in the direct path of the severe weather.

Emergency management officials in Madison County say all outdoor sirens were activated due to the tornado warning.

Alabamians know the dangers and devastation severe weather can bring, and with today’s technology, they are demanding quicker updates and notification.

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.

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