When severe weather strikes, finding out information as quickly as possible is paramount.
The makers of the Storm Shield App have a new way to get people information quickly.
“Now there’s another way to get life-saving alerts, even if you don’t have a smartphone,” said Dan Sobczak, director of digital weather at The E.W. Scripps Co. “Folks can get a phone call from our meteorologists to their home or cell phone for the three most life-threatening weather events that give the least amount of warning.”
People may sign up to get Storm Shield Phone Call Alerts, which will issue phone call alerts for their street address when tornado warnings, severe thunderstorm warnings or flash flood warnings are issued for that location.
Storm Shield Phone Call Alerts has three subscription plans to choose from. The plans range from one to three locations to help those who want to know the weather for their vacation homes or locations where they have family or friends.
“As soon as the National Weather Service issues one of these warnings, our team of meteorologists will call you anytime day or night to warn you of the need to take action for these three alert types,” Sobczak said. “It’s great for those with landlines or older phones, maybe your children or parents, or just an extra level of warning for you.”
The alerts do not replace the Storm Shield App, which also is a product of the E.W. Scripps Co. Rather, the phone call alerts are an additional service to keep up with critical weather alerts without having a smartphone. Signing up for the annual subscription service does not require downloading the app.
The Storm Shield App, meanwhile, offered more than 100 different severe weather alert types where users can decide which ones they want. People can receive alerts through the app from up to five different locations.
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