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Emergency Management May 09, 2014

A Disaster Notification System Is Essential During Tornadoes

A tornado can strike at any point. A modern mass notification system can help save lives during the short period of time you may have to communicate with your community.

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Tornados are unpredictable in nature and can be spotted anywhere in the United States making text alerts a critical differentiator to ensure the safety of your community.

A recent story about the tornados in Alabama shows the importance of a text message alert system for your community:

Brian Hall and his family live off Lee Road 205 in Salem. He says he owes the safety of his family to a severe weather alert from WTVM that woke him up early Tuesday morning, just minutes before the category F-3 tornado touched down in Lee County. “Both of our phones simultaneously went off and so we jumped out of bed and got dressed. I looked out at the back door and I could hear a noise that was unfamiliar to me,” explains Hall.

Hall and his family huddled in the bathroom to ride out the storm, never thinking the roof of their home and shed would be blown away in seconds.

The bulk SMS system was essential because residents on Lee Road 205 are not able to hear tornado sirens. Sending text alerts was the only reliable method of communication to reach residents on Lee Road 205. As Hall explains, “We can’t hear sirens, but both of those tones and the WTVM app went off at the same time and told us to seek shelter, that’s what we did.”

During disasters, text warning systems are essential for alerting residents or your employees to take immediate action. The AlertMedia emergency mass notification system is built with an accurate and timely weather alert system that provides detailed weather data for the entire United States, providing customers the ability to rapidly access information specific to wherever their people and assets are located.

Ensuring your people are notified in a timely manner and able to take the necessary precautions to stay safe starts with having a multichannel communication system capable of reaching people whenever and wherever you need to.

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