Have you ever heard a storm siren, had a weather radio go off, or have a television broadcaster alert you to a storm that is not in your immediate area, and know it is not coming towards you?
Many who have feel they have been over-warned, and just want to know when a dangerous storm is headed directly toward them. WeatherCall was designed to give you peace of mind, and a real sense of security, knowing that when the National Weather Service issues a warning for your specific address, you will be notified, because a real threat does exist!
In 2007, the National Weather Service developed what is called storm based (or storm specific) warnings. These warnings are issued by the NWS when they determine a storm has met a specific set of criteria to alert the public to its level of severity.
WeatherCall delivers to our subscribers only the warnings that affect their specific location based on the specific warning issued by the National Weather Service. Having delivered warnings since 2007, millions and millions (and millions) of calls have been made to our several hundred thousand subscribers. When users receive their WeatherCall they know the weather WILL get bad. We deliver location specific, storm specific, OFFICIAL NWS warnings via phone calls, text messages, and emails to alert those in harm’s way. No bogus warnings or computer generated alerts. Only those issued by a set of meteorologists at one of the nation’s 122 National Weather Service Offices. And remember, once the NWS issues the warning, it is up to you to have a way to receive that warning. WeatherCall is proven to be the nation’s premiere, most reliable and (most importantly) timely phone/SMS text/email notification system in the nation.
Why a PHONE CALL instead of a TEXT MESSAGE?
To many, phone calls seem so ‘old fashioned’. But if you are standing on a train track and a train is approaching you from behind, would you rather the immediacy of a phone call, of the possibility of getting a text message that you may either not hear, or ignore until later. PHONE CALLS cause people to ACT. While we make SMS-Text messages, and emails an option, we strongly suggest that subscribers sign up for that PHONE CALL which will get your attention when a dangerous storm is bearing down on you and your family.
Isn’t the Federal Government promising me FREE WARNINGS to my cell phone?
There has been a lot of press recently regarding the FEMA’s new CMAS WEA alerting service for ‘imminent dangers’, Amber Alerts, and Presidential Declarations. There has been a lot of inaccurate reporting and misperceptions in those reports as well. While most cell phones should be WEA compliant by the end of 2014, the cell phone you currently have likely is NOT one of them. When it comes to delivering warning messages of the ‘short fuse’ NWS warnings, Tornado, Severe Thunderstorm, and Flash Flood Warnings that are all issued as STORM SPECIFIC WARNINGS, NOAA Weather Radio can do no better than issue warnings for an entire county when any PART of that county is affected. CMAS WEA is based on the same concept, but with even less specificity. When the National Weather Service issues a warning that, say, affects parts of several counties, like the example on the right, only those people inside that BOX are actually affected and would receive their WeatherCall notification. A CMAS WEA is not a PHONE CALL. It is a text message. Will a text message wake you up at 2am when a tornado is just miles away from your home?
Compare that storm specific warning, above, for the Chattanooga, TN, area with the same warned area alerted by NOAA weather radios, which are entire counties. Then notice the CMAS WEA warning area. It is an estimated area based on the broadcast areas of cell phone towers, in this case, estimated to be the average 22 mile diameter of a GSM type cell phone tower. The cell towers that are near the edges of the counties will actually warn people in surrounding counties who are completely unaffected and unaffiliated with that warning.
What about those companies offering their OWN alerts other than OFFICIAL NWS Warnings?
WeatherCall will never alert you to any other type of warning than those issued by the National Weather Service. Most of those so called ‘proprietary alerts’ are nothing more than computer algorithms that spit out data that forces you to have to interpret if something might be dangerous or not, and all will make you feel over warned. The National Weather Service’ weather warning process is time tested, reliable, and the best in the world. WeatherCall will never encourage you to put yourself into the hands of a computer’s opinion of what might or might not be dangerous without an NWS meteorologist analyzing the approaching storms and issuing OFFICIAL warnings. Simply put, they are the most highly trained set of meteorologists in the world, and WeatherCall does not trust a proprietary computer program to accurately warn you.
Okay, I am convinced! DON’T OVER WARN ME or I might IGNORE the REAL THREATS!
That is exactly why spending a few cents a month for WeatherCall‘s family of services is money well spent. A text message and/or an email will not get your attention to the real imminent threat of a Tornado, Severe Thunderstorm or Flash Flood Warning with the same level of urgency as a phone call. Or of THREE PHONE CALLS simultaneously to the 3 phones that are allowed per address with WeatherCall @Home. When your cell phone, your spouse’s cell phone, and the home phone all ring at the same time, you will know it is WeatherCall, and the weather will get bad.
Learn More and Sign Up Today for one of the many WeatherCall products. Your decision to do so could save someone’s life.