Living Testimonial for WeatherCallOn Wednesday (April 27, 2011), the NWS radio had so many alerts going off that I couldn't keep up with what was happening, where, and for how long. You and Storm Force 31 Weather Call were right on the spot though, keeping my family alert WHEN WE NEEDED TO BE. While sitting in my storm shelter for the fourth time in one day, just after 4:00 p.m., my wife and I listened to the howl of the storm as our home and entire neighborhood were literally blown away by the same tornado that had, a minute earlier, leveled the Bethel Church and Doppler ball on Highway 72. Brad (Huffines), trust me when I say that, because of you and WeatherCall, my wife and I are alive today. Our home was totally destroyed -- the rooms we had just been in would have been our tombs if we hadn't heeded your warning, "Seek immediate shelter." I can't tell you how grateful we are. If you EVER need a LIVING testimony for Weather Call, let me know. I'm here today, and I'll be here tomorrow, all because of you.
This is a Wonderful Service
Thank you for your attention to this matter and for your timely response to my email. This is a wonderful service you've offered us and even though we have hundreds of channels to choose from, our TV is on Channel 5 at least 90 percent of the time.Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to keeping us informed and entertained!!!! I pray you have a wonderful evening!
What If It Had Been a Tornado!?
We live in the Elms of Charleston, right behind Charleston Southern University. We were asleep when the storm hit yesterday morning. We awoke to find we had no power, so there was no way to check as to how bad the storm would get or where the storm was headed and who would get the worse part of it.I have a weather radio and I am a trained weather spotter, but (and I know better) I never checked to see if my batteries needed changing. As a result, my weather alert did not go off. I have new batteries in it now! Anyway, as my dog was shaking, and everything outside was howling, there came a phone call on my cell phone. My landline is with Comcast, so it was down also. My phone rang and there you were, telling us that we were right in the way of the storm. Thank you so much for this service. What if it had been a tornado? This is a valuable service you provide to the public. Please keep encouraging everyone to sign up for this. It could have saved our lives and that of my beloved dog.
WeatherCall Will Wake You Up
"First one we heard, it was a thunderstorm warning. I said, 'OK, (WRAL Chief Meteorologist) Greg (Fishel), thanks very much. I'm going to bed,'" Hines said. "But when he called back and said tornado warning, I said, 'OK, let's get up and see what's going on.'"Hines and her husband turned on the TV news, and she went to look out the back door. "I heard just the most God awful roar," she said. "Then all of a sudden, the glass in the storm door was just shattered." Shards of glass flew after the couple as they ran into a bathroom. Two tall pine trees crashed into the front of their house. At least two other homes on Stony Mountain Road were damaged by wind and fallen trees and power lines. Toys were strewn out in the back yard of one damaged house. "I would have been fast asleep had it not been for that WeatherCall,"
Warnings Before the Twister Ripped Through
I signed up for your weather warn call system. Well I happen to live in the south side of Dickinson. What a wonderful thing that was when the tornado ripped through our neighborhood.I got a couple of warnings and about 3-4 minutes before the twister hit I got one more call said take cover now!!. Boy that really shook my head straight that this was not just another hail storm. Our land lines were down but my cell did pick up the call. So from my family and my entire devastated neighbor we all thank you for this wonderful system!!!
Wow, An Awesome ServiceI just want to tell you that I CERTAINLY appreciate Greg and the Weathercall messages that I received on all of my numbers. I am very grateful that I signed up and appreciative of the information received especially after today's circumstances. Wow--- an awesome service. Thanks for providing it to the general public!!
I Feel Safe Having It
Bringing Peace of Mind
I have heard the expression all my life that "You can't put a price on peace of mind." WAAY is giving me peace of mind for less than $10 a year. I would hate to try and calculate the value or net worth of that peace of mind.I am thankful they haven't tried or considered charging what that is worth. I believe that their purpose is to provide a service to the community not to make money with this particular program. I applaud their efforts and their spirit.
Telling Everyone About WeatherCall
It Has Been a Blessing to MeThank you WeatherCall. I was really concerned because I don't want to be without the WeatherCall. It has been a blessing to me. It kept me safe a year ago when a tornado came thru my area; I made it to my shelter in plenty of time. God Bless you all for creating this wonderful notification, we do not have sirens where I live.
The Next Day We Could See All The Devastation
I am extremely pleased with WeatherCall. My wife took shelter in a hallway. The power went off just prior to the tornado passing our area. The next day when you could see all the devastation, it was a miracle more people weren't hurt.We lost two large trees that fell on my fence. Our house sustained some damage but we came out better than some folks. I appreciate WAAY 31 for offering WeatherCall at a reasonable price. It should be a safety tool that everyone utilizes. You have my permission to share my comments.
WeatherCall Worked WonderfullyWeatherCall worked wonderfully!!! I have told everyone at my work to buy this product. Your product worked exactly as you said. We appreciate your email. We will always purchase this product; the free services were not ANYTHING compared to your service.
No Idea WeatherCall Would Be So Accurate!
I wanted to tell you thank you for the Storm Force Weather Call (WAAY-TV). I signed up several weeks ago after hearing that it notifies you if a tornado is headed toward your house. After several weeks of tornadoes in the local area and not being notified, I thought this program didn't work. I figured I had wasted $7. But then today, Storm Force Weather Call called my phone to warn me that a tornado was headed toward my home
It was 100% correct! Storm Force Weather Call warned us so that we could get our children to safety minutes before the tornado hit our neighborhood. I had no idea that WeatherCall would be so accurate. I assumed it would go off if a tornado was expected in the are, but it really does only go off if a tornado is headed straight for your house. Other warning and sirens go off so frequently that people tend to ignore the warnings. I know now that when WeatherCall calls our phone that I need listen and take cover with my family immediately. I am telling everyone now! Thank you so much!
System Works and Can Saves Lives
It Was Scary to Say the Least
My cell phone rang on Monday evening, May 10th. It was Frank Mitchell's weather call giving us the warning that a tornado was in our immediate area and that we needed to take cover NOW!He also called my son's phones so we all knew that it was time to take cover. We did and we are so thankful. The tornado hit our home damaging our roof and a window. Our storage building and covered deck were totally destroyed. It was very scary to say the least. We do not have a cellar or a safe room (we're certainly discussing the possibility of getting one NOW!) so we tookcover in our bathtubs with mattresses covering us. The crazy thing is........my oldest son had just signed us up for Frank's weather call on Monday, May 10th. Isn't it amazing that the day we signed up we got our first call from Frank??? A big thank you to Frank Mitchell and News Channel 8 for offering such a wonderful service. My husband mentioned that it will really be helpful on those nights when we are asleep and have no idea that bad weather is in our area. Thanks, Frank! What a great service you guys are providing!
Got My WeatherCall, My House Started Shaking!
Thank you WeatherCall!!!! I received my phone call just in time to take cover. As I got my children into the bathtub, I felt the house start shaking.Luckily we received only minimal damage, but there are others around us whose homes were completely destroyed. I will tell everyone I know to subscribe to this service!!!!
I Love This Alert System
You Guys Service Is the Best
WeatherCall Beats All Other Notification Systems
I know I sound like a broken record but I can't say enough about WeatherCall (no folks, I'm not a spokesman for WeatherCall......lol). It has worked each and every time.Me being a volunteer firefighter, we are immediately notified by our dispatch center when severe weather is approaching our area. HOWEVER, WEATHERCALL has beaten them to the punch in notifying me every time!! It's sort of funny. When I hear the National Weather Service put out a severe weather alert, before they are finished talking, WEATHERCALL alerts. This is a great service. I especially like the fact it pinpoints my address which does away with notifications that might be occurring here in Lauderdale County but may be in the western end (going away from us). Anyway, thanks for putting me on to WeatherCall. A great service to our communities.
Autistic Son Calm Knowing the Call Will Come
We have weather call and have fortunately received very few actual calls. My children and I were headed home this evening when I received a weather call that our home was in the area of the tornado.When I received the call, I turned the radio to WRALFM and listened to the updates. Just after I hung up, My husband called to ask if I had received the same call as he had. He also had been heading right towards the heart of the storm. He turned around as well and found a safe shelter. An added advantage of the weather call system is peace of mind for my entire family. My son has a form of Autistic Spectrum Disorder and becomes very anxious when there are high winds. Tonight, he calmed down after I played back the message for him. Now he knows that we will receive a warning if there is dangerous weather. In closing, thank you for this service. It is well worth the small fee to have this kind of security.
What a Great Service!I want to thank you for placing calls to my cell phone the other day when ten tornadoes were sighted around Saint Louis. I hadn't even paid for my new account yet, but I still got your calls. We all went to the basement, thanks to you! What a great service and you are generous and responsible!
Awful and Terrifying Storm
Last spring, our local station, KAKE, was forecasting very serious weather for that night, May 7/8, I believe. They mentioned storm call, so I went online, about 6:00 p.m., and signed up.Figured it would take awhile until the service was activated. I received the first call hours later, and about 4:00 a.m. we had 70-80 mph winds. Awful and terrifying, but I knew they were coming because of the automated call. Was able to turn on the tv, see the radar, and hear the forecast. For those of us who live in the country and can not hear tornado sirens as they do in town, storm call is a real blessing particularly in the middle of the night.
Only Way We Knew What Was Happening
My husband and I have had Weather Call for the past year; we just renewed our subscription a few weeks ago. Last evening as we were huddled in the basement of a community church with neighbors, Weather Calls coming in on my cell were our only method of keeping up with the storms in our area (Morgan City/Union Hill) due to a power outage.I have never "promoted" a product or service, but say to anyone who asks that a Weather Call subscription is the wisest purchase they will ever make. Thank you for making our area aware of this service, and thank you for your service to our community. The ONLY Weather Alert System Left Standing at the End of the Worst Event in North Alabama History. 156,000 unique contacts made with 234,000 phone calls.
Pretty CoolBy the way, while you were gone I had my first storm call. Both the cell and the home phone rang at the same time and 15 minutes later the storm hit. Pretty cool.