Thursday, May 12, 2011

It's a Twister!

“Coward: One who, in a perilous emergency, thinks with his legs.”
-Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary
On I read about a weather warning system that sounds promising (but I have not tried so I can not vouch for it.),, will register one location for $10/year and send you email, text message, phone call, etc if there is a severe weather warning issued by NOAA.
Subscribers may register one location, 3 telephone numbers and 3 email addresses for a nominal fee of $9.95 dollars per year. When severe weather is approaching the registered location, the system will call all the telephone numbers simultaneously, delivering your meteorologist's warning message, and send a message to all registered email addresses with a graphical depiction of the warning on a localized, interactive Google map.
Not interested? How about a weather radio that turns on for alerts?

Bottom Line

I admire entrepreneurs that start companies like this. (Why didn't I think of it? I can envision writing the code to make a system like this.) NOAA provides tons of information for events all across the nation. So the trick is filtering it to only a region of interest and then creating the phone calls and emails.

I found a list of other companies with similar services at Yahoo. I also found some sites, supposedly free, that I'll try out. You may want to opt out of ads from their sponsors to avoid spam.

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