Critical Weather Initiative Announced By City of Huntsville, City of Madison and Baron Services

The City of Huntsville, the City of Madison, Madison County and Baron Services have announced a new joint partnership to help residents be more prepared for bad weather with the Critical Weather Initiative. Read on.

The Initiative extends Baron Services’ proprietary weather alerting tool, Alabama SAF-T-Net, in particular its two-way communications capability, to municipalities throughout Madison County. With the service, city and county officials will have the ability to communicate 24/7 with Alabama SAF-T-Net subscribers prior to, during and after episodes of critical weather all via a Web-based portal backed by geospatial technology.

“The partnership between Baron Services and Madison County officials provides another layer of communi- cation to help share timely and accurate information with area residents before and during a crisis,” Governor Robert Bentley said. “Two of the Tornado Recovery Action Council recommendations address the need for individuals to receive localized severe weather updates and I appreciate the hard work of Bob Baron and his staff at Baron Services for making the recommendation a reality.”

The service works based on the subscriber’s current GPS location, giving its users unparalleled precision in performing detailed situational weather analysis. At any time, during any type of critical weather event, city and county leaders may access the portal and communicate with Alabama SAF-T-Net app subscribers in or near an impacted area. The service supports direct, two-way communication with Alabama SAF-T-Net app subscribers, allowing both parties to share weather-related messages and pictures.

“Bob Baron is one of the finest entrepreneurs to come out of Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley,” said the Hon- orable Tommy Battle, Mayor of Huntsville. “He has transformed the way we monitor severe weather, and we are all safer for his innovations in weather alert notifications. We look forward to working with Bob as he continues to improve his citizen alert tools.”

“Families in north Alabama know first-hand how important it is to stay weather aware and that accurate and timely information saves lives,” said Madison County Commission Chairman and EMT Dale Strong. “With this new tool developed by Bob Baron our emergency services will now be able to communicate directly with the people - not only to warn about dangerous storms but to help track their path, assess damage and provide quick- er response to those hardest hit. I strongly encourage everyone to download Alabama SAF-T-Net to protect their family and improve our severe weather response capability.”

About Alabama SAF-T-Net
Alabama SAF-T-Net is available in the App Store and on Google Play. It is compatible with Apple iOS and An- droid phone operating systems. The fully featured daily weather app includes seven-day forecasts, current con- ditions and an interactive map with radar data and additional weather information. National Weather Service watches and warnings for all seasons are included on the map with full notification information. The app also includes monitoring locations and a follow-me capability for smartphones. In addition to the app, Alabama SAF- T-Net’s alerting services are available via e-mail, voice message and SMS text.

About Baron Services
A leading weather technology company, Baron Services specializes in providing state-of-the-science weather in- formation to governments, businesses and media outlets. With numerous patents in weather technology, Baron serves the industry as experts in weather integration, data analysis, modeling and radar manufacturing. In part- nership with L-3 STRATIS, Baron Services completed an upgrade of the United States’ system of 171 NEXRAD weather radars to dual-polarity for the National Weather Service, Federal Aviation Administration and Depart- ment of Defense.

A partnership with SiriusXM Radio makes graphical weather data from XMWX Satellite Weather available in general aviation aircraft and personal watercraft. Also delivered through SiriusXM is NavWeather, which pro- vides weather and road conditions to automobiles using Baron’s Threat Matrix technology. Through the Velocity Weather API, Baron Services now offers web-delivered meteorological data streams for integration into a range of devices and services, such as smart phone/tablet apps, websites, multi-function displays, chart plotters and more. Baron Services is headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama. For more news and information on Baron Ser- vices, please visit www.baronservices.com.

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