The WeatherCall personal severe weather warning notification system is now available in a version designed to serve the needs of schools.
Site-specific severe weather warnings and "all clear" notifications for schools:
The WeatherCall system monitors the National Weather Service and compares a school's address to the location of a warning area polygon, immediately calling to deliver a warning message. The system also sends an email notification.
Real-time notification of lightning strikes within 6 miles of the site, and "all clear" messages:
An even more difficult challenge for school officials to monitor is lightning. Lightning frequently originates from storms which never meet the warning criteria from the National Weather Servce.
The types of information that generate WeatherCall for Schools notifications:
Each school that signs up for WeatherCall for Schools receives the following types of National Weather Service issued warnings, issued within a 1 mile zone around the school's location and an all clear message when that threat has passed:
- Tornado Warnings
- Severe Thunderstorm Warnings
- Flash Flood Warnings
Lightning strikes are a threat to school events that take place outside. WeatherCall for Schools will notify you if:
- Cloud-to ground lightning strikes are occuring within 6 miles of the school's registered address
- Important information to know before or during athletic events, recess, or even deciding when to let the 'walkers' leave the school
When you set up your account, you can decide what your all-clear notification time is once the last strike affects your 6 mile circle of monitoring: either 15 or 30 minutes. (30 minutes is suggested)
The number of contacts per school:
- 3 phone numbers to any type of telephone (These need to be direct line phone numbers answered by a person)
- 4 SMS-Text and/or email addresses
- There must be at least 1 phone number answered by a person with an associated email address corresponding to that phone number.
IMPORTANT NOTE: WeatherCall suggests multiple phone numbers and corresponding email addresses. The email delivers vital information including the entire text of the National Weather Service warning, and a link to the warning map showing the school's location as well as animated radar.
The content of the messages:
The first point of contact is the ringing phone. The message tells you that your monitored zone is in the path of a storm that has had a National Weather Service warning issued for it, and tells you what kind of warning it is (tornado, severe thunderstorm, flash flood, lightning strike within 6 miles). The message instructs you to check your email immediately for important information regarding the warning.
The email contains the entire content of the National Weather Service warning. It also contains a link to a web-page generated for you showing you your location, in comparison to the warning location.
Sign-Up today and help keep your students, staff and visitors safe during dangerous weather!