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Blount County Saf-T-Net participants are able to receive notifications specific to this area from EMA Director Max Armstrong who sends out mass messages via computer.

Blount County Saf-T-Net participants are able to receive notifications specific to this area from EMA Director Max Armstrong who sends out mass messages via computer.

In today’s fast-paced society, chances are someone’s cell phone is never out of reach. If it’s not in a purse or a pocket, it’s within grabbing distance, and this could be a positive thing when it comes to knowing when severe weather is close to home.

Saf-T-Net allows Alabama residents to receive weather-related text messages directly to their cell phone, free of charge. If severe weather is moving in, a text message will be sent immediately to the person’s cell phone alerting them of the approaching storm. Saf-T-Net also sends notifications via e-mail and automated voice call on landlines.

The process to receive these notifications begins by visiting alabamasaftnet.com. While signing up for the program, participants are asked to identify what kind of notifications they will receive, and a new feature allows Blount County EMA Director Max Armstrong to send out text messages just for Blount County.

“I have the ability to send out notifications specific to Blount County or portions of Blount County that are not specifically weather related,” Armstrong said. “I will be sending messages concerning such things as road closings or evacuation notices.”

Depending on the preferences selected during the activation process, text messages can be sent out about tornado warnings, severe thunderstorm warnings, flash flood warnings, severe weather within 25 miles of your area, and storms capable of producing hail, damaging winds, flooding rains, and tornadoes. However, if an area is listed under a tornado or thunderstorm watch, no alert will be sent.

When activating the account, specifications can be set up for four separate locations to be alerted about including home, school, work, etc. The service is designated for the state of Alabama and will not work outside the state.

Saf-T-Net is provided by Baron Services based in Huntsville.