Vivint™, the largest home automation services company in North America, today announced that customers in Maryland, Virginia and Wisconsin now have access to the company’s free severe weather alert service. Customers in these three additions join those in 20 other U.S. states with higher risks of tornadoes that receive this Vivint service, including: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas.
With this service, residents aren’t solely reliant on television, radio, or siren warnings that often go unheard in the event of an emergency. Once a tornado alert or other severe weather alert has been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS), Vivint customers in the affected area receive an in-home notification through the Go!Control panel, the control center of the company’s security and home management solutions. Along with a detailed warning message that appears on the wall-mounted control panel, a series of three loud beeps sound within the home and will continue every minute until the homeowner deactivates the warning, or until the NWS discontinues the alert.
“Every second counts when it comes to seeking shelter from the destructive power of tornadoes and other severe weather events,” said Jim Nye, vice president of product development for Vivint. “Vivint’s in-home alert service gives customers an immediate warning, providing them valuable time to take the necessary safety precautions.”
In 2011, Edith Lawellin, a 79-year-old widow who lived directly in the path of a tornado in Joplin, MO was awakened by her tornado alert five minutes before her neighborhood sirens sounded. Because of the advanced alert she was able to take shelter in her reinforced closet and remained untouched as her house was literally torn apart around her.
This year, the United States has experienced a record number of earlier-than-normal tornado outbreaks throughout the Midwest down to the Gulf of Mexico, and Vivint customers with the severe weather alert service are praising the peace of mind this life-saving feature provides.
“On February 28th, I woke up to a strange beeping noise coming from my Vivint panel,” said Bill Redfield, a Vivint customer in Paducah, Kentucky. “I walked over to it and saw that it was a tornado alert. We’re typically alerted of tornadoes by our public alert system via TV and radio, but since the tornado came really early in the morning, our TVs and radios weren't on. I quickly woke up my family and we headed for our basement. Luckily, our home did not experience as much damage as many others did, but we're glad we were warned of the tornado in enough time to take cover. You can't put a price on this type of added safety.”
For current customers in the three new states, the severe weather alert service will automatically download to their system, and for new clients in these areas the service will come pre-loaded in their Go!Control panel.
For more information on Vivint’s home security and home automation packages, including the severe weather alerts, visit www.vivint.com.
Vivint Inc. is a leading provider of home technology services in North America. Vivint's technology-based platform integrates a wide range of wireless features and components that deliver simple, affordable home automation, solar, and smart grid solutions. In 2011, Vivint's Full Home Automation package and Advanced Security package received a Consumers Digest "Best Buy" rating. Dedicated to protecting families, increasing energy efficiency, and simplifying lives, Vivint has more than 12 years of experience and supports over 570,000 customers throughout the United States and Canada. For more information, visit the company's website at www.vivint.com.