Go to Go!Control for tornado warnings

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05/03/2011

If you’re not tuned in to your TV or radio, you may not be aware that severe weather, including a tornado, is about to hit your neighborhood. But now Vivint is launching a free, in-home severe weather alert via its Go!Control panel for customers who live in states most affected by tornadoes. The service will sound a warning inside the home if there’s a tornado alert.

Vivint, formerly APX Alarm, a security/home automation company based in Provo, Utah, announced the weather alert service today to customers in states that the company said will include 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.

Over the next week, the company said, “the application will be automatically downloaded to Vivint customers who have the company’s Go!Control panel. Once the application is downloaded, customers will start receiving the free tornado alerts. In addition, all new Vivint customers in the above-mentioned states will receive the alerts as part of their service.”

The company explained how the service works:

“Once a tornado alert has been issued by the National Weather Service, the information is relayed to Vivint customers via the Go!Control panel. A series of three loud beeps sound inside the home, and a detailed warning message appears on the wall-mounted control panel. The alert will continue every minute until the homeowner deactivates the warning, or until the alert is discontinued by the weather service.”

Vivint CEO Alex Dunn said in a statement: “Tornados hit fast and without much warning. Our hearts go out to the friends and families of those who have been affected by the unusually brutal tornado activity we have already seen this spring. I am pleased our team was able to fast-track this feature and get it into our customers’ hands this season.”