Mobile Weather Alerting Service
Alabama SAF-T-Net is a statewide weather alerting service provided at no cost to the residents of Alabama. Designed to notify those in the path of dangerous weather through mobile apps, text messaging, email or voice calls, Alabama SAF-T-Net alerts subscribers for up to four customizable locations – when and where it matters.
- NWS Tornado Warnings
- NWS Severe Thunderstorm Warnings
- Baron-exclusive Twisting Storm Alerts
- Baron-exclusive Dangerous Storm Alerts
- And more
Patented technology means Alabama SAF-T-Net only sends you weather alerts when it matters. If you're not affected, you're not alerted. Sign up for free today.
Introducing the Alabama SAF-T-Net App
The free Alabama SAF-T-Net app goes beyond simple alerting, and is a multi-feature weather application for iOS and Android mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets. Severe weather alerting is integrated and provided for free to every resident of Alabama. The app alerts subscribers for up to four monitored locations of any impending severe weather. The phone’s GPS location is counted as one of the four monitored locations. Then choose up to three more locations – like your home, kids' school, or work – to monitor. You’ll receive notifications only when severe weather threatens any of these locations.
Not only does the Alabama SAF-T-Net app alert you to severe weather in your area, it also provides current conditions in your area, hour-by-hour forecasts, extended forecasts, plus a national radar image.
Note: if you have an active Alabama SAF-T-Net account, it is recommended that you disable the alerts for that account after setting up alert locations on your app. Otherwise, you may receive duplicate alerts.
How Alabama SAF-T-Net Works
If you do not have a smart phone with the Alabama SAF-T-Net app installed, you can create an account on the Alabama SAF-T-Net® home page, and select up to 4 locations for which you want to receive weather alerts.*
Alabama SAF-T-Net alerts you can receive include:
|National Weather Service Storm-Based Warnings|
Severe Thunderstorm Warnings
Flash Flood Warnings
|Baron-Generated Alert Messages|
|Storms entering your area||Learn More|
|Dangerous storms approaching a location, supplied with Baron Tornado Index rankings for tornado potential||Learn More|
|Twisting storms approaching a location, supplied with Baron Tornado Index rankings for tornado potential||Learn More|
|Local Emergency Management (currently not available in mobile app)||Learn More|
|Current radar imagery||Learn More|
|Mobile device support||Learn More|
*Message and data rates apply. Message frequency varies with profile. Consult your wireless carrier for more information. All message types are available via text message and email. The automated phone call option provides storm-based Tornado Warning and "Twisting Storm Approaching Your (Location)" messages only.
The SAF-T-Net Process
Continuously monitored by a staff of degreed meteorologists, advanced computer processing analyzes the weather 24/7, searching for dangerous conditions such as strong winds, hail and tornadoes. When severe weather activity is detected in one of your alert locations, Alabama SAF-T-Net dispatches a notification to your mobile device, email account or home phone.
When you’re subscribed, you receive Alabama SAF-T-Net alerts only when your registered locations are specifically affected, either by hail, high winds or potential tornadoes.
National Weather Service (NWS) Storm-Based Warnings
Storm-based, or “polygon”, warnings are typically issued from the National Weather Service office nearest you. Alabama SAF-T-Net notifies you of the following types of storm-based warnings, which are more targeted and specific than the previous county-wide warnings:
- Tornado Warnings: The National Weather Service issues a Tornado Warning when a tornado is indicated by radar, or reported by spotters. You should seek shelter immediately if Alabama SAF-T-Net notifies you that a Tornado Warning has been issued.
- Severe Thunderstorm Warnings: A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is issued when a storm producing hail one inch in diameter or larger and/or winds equal to or exceeding 58 mph is detected. Severe thunderstorms can cause structural damage and produce tornadoes with little to no advance notice, so seek shelter if a warning is issued.
- Flash Flood Warnings: This type of warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring in the warned area.
More specific than traditional county warnings, storm-based warnings from the National Weather Service focus on the expected path of the storm—and therefore the area under greatest threat, a process that avoids alerting unaffected portions of a county. If you receive an Alabama SAF-T-Net notification for a storm-based warning, be prepared to take action.
Notifications for weather near your location
The text for this type of message will look like this: SAF-T-Net Weather Alert: Storms are entering your area.
The exclusive technology at work in Alabama SAF-T-Net constantly scans your area, looking for developing weather threats. If a severe storm cell is identified—a hail-producing thunderstorm, for example—the system instantly and automatically dispatches a notification to you (login to your account to opt-in for these messages). The "storms are entering your area" message is seen no more often than once in a 24-hour time period.
Dangerous storm notifications
The text for this type of message will look like this: SAF-T-Net Weather Alert: Dangerous storm approaching your (location), followed by the storm’s Baron Tornado Index rating.
When you receive a “dangerous storm” message from Alabama SAF-T-Net, it means that a storm capable of these characteristics will be arriving at your registered location(s) within 15 minutes:
- High, damaging winds
- Flooding rains
Twisting storm notifications
The text for this type of message will look like this: SAF-T-Net Weather Alert: Twisting storm approaching your (location), followed by the storm’s Baron Tornado Index rating.
When you receive an Alabama SAF-T-Net message indicating a dangerous twisting storm is approaching your location(s), it means that a storm containing wind shear, a prime indicator of tornadoes, will be arriving at your registered location(s) within 15 minutes. In addition, you will receive a Baron Tornado Index (BTI) ranking on the likelihood of an actual tornado developing.
The Baron Tornado Index®
The Baron Tornado Index®, or BTI®, provides a simplified 1-10 ranking on the likelihood of a tornado within the storm.
Using sophisticated computer modeling, the patented and patent-pending BTI has proven remarkably successful at the prediction of tornadic supercells, beginning with the Super Tuesday outbreak of February, 2008. Combined with the localized power of SAF-T-Net, the result is accurate, targeted weather awareness that’s available nowhere else.
Custom messages from local EMA officials
During severe weather, participating Emergency Management officials can send you customized messages with specific information or safety instructions, providing a personalized supplement to Alabama SAF-T-Net’s notifications.
Current radar imagery
When you receive an email or text message, a custom radar image of your area may be included. Click the supplied link to view the image. Please remember that radar images are not exempt from your cellular service provider's data usage charges.
If you have the Alabama SAF-T-Net app, you will have access to a full nationwide weather map with radar display.
Mobile Device Support
Alabama SAF-T-Net normally monitors a street address. If you have the Alabama SAF-T-Net app for iPhone and Android devices, you can configure your phone’s location as one of your monitored locations. You can configure alerts for your mobile and other locations in the app's "Alerts" tab.
If you have a Blackberry device with enabled GPS, you can set Alabama SAF-T-Net to monitor your mobile location in conjunction with your Alabama SAF-T-Net account. Your mobile device will be referenced in an alert message as "your other location". To activate this capability, simply click the button labeled "Use my Blackberry® application" while signing up for Alabama SAF-T-Net. Once this has been done, the application can be downloaded via a link located in your profile's "Locations" tab.
You must have the GPS on your Blackberry enabled (see Blackberry manual for instructions on enabling GPS) and the Alabama SAF-T-Net Blackberry application installed and enabled on your phone.