WeatherBug to Provide Comprehensive Severe Weather Alerting for The Villages, Florida
Residents of Planned Community are Equipped with Mobile and Email Notifications
Germantown, MD — WeatherBug®, a leading provider of consumer and professional weather services and operator of the world’s largest weather network, announced today its partnership with The Villages Homeowners Association (VHA) and The Villages Public Safety Department to build a weather network within The Villages retirement community and to provide enhanced weather alerting to its residents. The Villages is the largest single-site residential real estate development in the United States spanning over 26,000 acres in three adjoining counties in Central Florida, and is currently home to approximately 75,000 residents.
WeatherBug has installed an initial weather station on top of The Villages Public Safety Department Headquarters and will phase-in more stations at key locations across the community. Weather data will be provided by these locations, in addition to the information from approximately 400 locations in Florida and the over 8,000 weather stations of the WeatherBug network.
Residents of The Villages may elect to receive mobile weather alerts from the WeatherBug Protect service. This proactive alerting service sends severe weather notifications to a resident’s home phone, mobile device and email. Residents will receive alerts such as: lightning detected within six miles; rain rate of one inch per hour; wind gusts greater than 40 miles per hour; heat index of 100 degrees; and National Weather Service alerts of tornado warnings, severe storms and civil emergencies. Residents are able to customize their alerting locations and delivery methods.
"The Villages residents are extremely busy with a multitude of activities within the community that take them away from their homes," said WeatherBug Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, John Doherty. "Florida weather can change rapidly and unexpectedly. WeatherBug is excited about creating The Villages weather network to help ensure the safety of the residents so they can enjoy their activities and not worry about severe weather."
WeatherBug weather stations monitor 27 different weather variables to provide real-time weather information including wind direction and speed, temperature, humidity, barometric pressure and rainfall amounts. The weather stations will provide The Villages Public Safety Department and others in decision-making positions with real-time local information that is critical in an emergency or severe weather situation.
The WeatherBug service will complement the weather-alert radios that many residents have in their homes that receive severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service. The addition of the WeatherBug services will enable residents to receive weather alerts when they are outside of their homes. "This project, like the weather radio alerting system, is a testament to the positive things that can happen when private entities come together with government to make an impact on personal safety," said Villages Fire Chief, Mike Tucker said.
The Villages residents can obtain additional information on The Villages program at www.weatherbug.com/TheVillages.
WeatherBug (http://www.weatherbug.com and http://www.weatherbugprofessional.com) is a trusted source of dynamic weather information enabling people worldwide to make more informed weather-related decisions. Millions of consumers and professional organizations, including the National Weather Service, rely on WeatherBug to make more informed personal and mission critical decisions which safeguard lives, impact communities and improve business operations. WeatherBug is a brand of AWS Convergence Technologies, Inc. (http://www.aws.com)