Tennessee Valley schools to get free weather alerts

Former WAAY-TV meteorologist Brad Huffines might no longer be on the air alerting people to approaching storms, but he’s dedicated his life to getting the word out about dangerous weather events via WeatherCall Enterprise, a national weather alert software system, reports the Huntsville Times—and WeatherCall now is being offered free of charge to all school systems in the local station’s coverage area in North Alabama and southern Tennessee, compliments of WAAY and its sponsor, Virginia College.

“There will never be a charge to schools for WeatherCall,” said Huffines, during a school safety session at Madison City Schools. “It will go into effect as soon as they sign up.”

Huffines, who also works with FEMA on weather preparedness issues, said some 400 schools, public and private, throughout 11 counties across the WAAY-TV coverage area are being offered the opportunity to sign up for the alerts. The system calls up to three designated phone numbers to alert school administrators about impending storms that will only affect their respective schools, not countywide, he said.

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