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What if you could send weather alerts instantly through any channel?

Monday, July 31st, 2017

As part of the NOW! Module, CentrAlert offers Weather NOW!, which automatically sends preset messages to specific people via any communication channel warning them of a weather crisis. Weather NOW! receives information directly from the National Weather Service (NWS) or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), unlike other applications that rely on third-party interfaces to receive their weather data. Here’s how it works.

If a community or organization relies solely upon, for example, a mass call-out solution, and someone doesn’t pick up the phone, he or she may miss out on life-saving information. That’s why it’s important to leverage all available communication channels. Weather NOW! can send alerts through any channel.

Setting up Weather NOW!:

“Once configured, the Weather NOW module can be set to automatic mode, requiring no human interaction to launch alerts, or set to manual mode, which provides instant message prompts to alert the operator to take action,” said Don Rehmel, director of operations at CentrAlert.

The operator can choose all actions in advance for each potential crisis. For example, if there’s a tornado, he can choose what message to send, which people to send it to and which communication channels to use. He may choose to have the sirens in the affected geographic location go off and use text, social media, message reader board and email blast communication channels to relay the crisis information. If there’s a flood, the operator can set up an entirely different set of actions.

All of this can be done in advance so that crucial messages go out immediately in case of a crisis.

Weather NOW! in action:

1. Weather NOW! receives information directly from National Weather Service.

Crisis information can be about:

  • Tornados
  • Lightning
  • Air quality
  • Floods
  • Winter Weather
  • Heat
  • Drought
  • Hurricanes
  • And more

2. Weather NOW! sends information based on the pre-set messages and using the pre-selected communication channels. Viable communication channels include:

  • Sirens
  • Message Reader Boards
  • Social media alerts
  • Text messaging
  • Phone calls
  • Radio
  • Email blasts
  • Strobes/beacons
  • And more

3. Relevant personnel receive information immediately and can relocate to safety or act to stop the effects of the crisis.

Weather NOW! leaves no room for human error and no time for mistakes. No matter what crisis happens, all your people will know about it instantly through any channel as fast as the National Weather Service can report it. Call CentrAlert today to learn more about this exclusive technology and how it can benefit your organization or community: +1 (859) 224-1047. Or email us at info@centralert.com.

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