Hi, I'm KUMV-TV Chief Meteorologist Kevin Lawrence and I want to tell you about a fantastic new piece of technology designed to keep you and your family safe during severe weather.
It's an exclusive KUMV-TV weather product that pinpoints warnings specifically for your home, not an entire county. WeatherCall has cutting edge technology that delivers the fastest, most precise severe storm warnings to your telephone, cell phone and e-mail at any time, day or night.
Many counties in the First Warn viewing area are a thousand square miles or larger. Dangerous storms are often less than 200 square miles. In the past, severe weather warnings were issued for entire counties, creating uncertainty as to exactly where the threat really is. The National Weather Service (NWS) now uses a new and much more precise method to define a warning area called STORM-BASED WARNINGS that reduces the size of a warning area by an average of 75%.
WeatherCall combines this new, much more precise warning method with robust emergency telephone notification. Using computerized mapping, WeatherCall matches the danger area defined by the NWS with your address. If your address is within the danger area of the weather warning, Chief Meteorologist Kevin Lawrence will deliver the warning message to the phone numbers you register, and also send you an email if you provide one.
Burke, Mountrail and Williams County’s combined 4,999 sq. miles are under a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING.
The actual warning area is 444 square miles.
Only WeatherCall subscribers INSIDE the red box would receive the warning call.
Important things to know about WeatherCall before you sign up:
WeatherCall is a very precise storm warning service, which you can subscribe to for only $9.95 per year. When you register, your home or business will be assigned a latitude/longitude value which is stored in the WeatherCall computers, along with your telephone numbers and email addresses (if you have them). It is very important that you understand that it is your responsibility to provide as accurate a location as possible when you register
- You MUST provide a PHYSICAL STREET ADDRESS. If you live outside city limits, you are able to plot your location on a map. Our system cannot locate post office boxes, rural routes, mail stops, etc. If you do not know your physical address, you can follow the steps provided and attempt to accurately locate yourself. You can also contact your local US Post Office or county clerk’s office, email the WeatherCall Customer Care team for help firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-260-6695 for assistance.
- You may register land line or cell phone numbers.
- You may register up to 3 telephone numbers and 3 email addresses for each location.
- You may have the warning sent to a digital cell phone via SMS text messaging. For Instructions click here.
- Tornado warnings are mandatory. You may choose to also receive severe thunderstorm phone calls and/or emails, and flash flood warnings via email and SMS text messaging.
- When you register, send yourself a test call and store the incoming number on your phones naming it WeatherCall so your caller ID will display a storm warning call.
- Make sure you say "hello" to make the voice-activated message begin.
- IMPORTANT: Make note of the incoming number of this test call. You should save this number as "FIRST WARN WeatherCall," so it will display on your caller ID as an important incoming storm warning call.
Click on the link below to print a manual registration form, if you wish to use a payment method other than a credit card. Complete the application and mail with a certified check or money order for $9.95 made out to WeatherCall. Sorry, we do not accept personal checks. Mail your payment to:
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does the service cost?
The price of the service for each street address you register in the system is determined by the local hosting WeatherCall@Home partner. Visit your local host media partner’s website and click on their WeatherCall@Home link to begin the registration process.
May a subscriber register more than one street address?
Yes, but there is an additional fee per location. By registering additional locations, subscribers may extend WeatherCall@Home protection to their office, elderly parent or your child’s school.
May a subscriber register a location in another city?
Yes, a location in any of the lower 48 states of the United States may be registered.
How quickly will subscribers be called?
The system will begin notifying within one(1) minute of receiving the alert from the National Weather Service (NWS).
How often will subscribers be called?
A subscriber will be called whenever the NWS issues a tornado warning that includes that registered street address. If the option is selected, we will also call for severe thunderstorm warnings. Warning calls could be made anytime of the day or night.
What if a phone is busy?
If a phone is busy, the system will call again one minute later. The system will make three(3) attempts to reach each number.
What if a phone is not answered?
If a phone is not answered, the system will call again one minute later. The system will make three(3) attempts to reach each number. The system will leave a message on a voice messaging system where available.
What phone number will show up on Caller ID?
All alerts come from phone number (866)-479-9906. In most cases, this number will appear on the Caller ID. In rare cases “Out of Area” or another message may appear. The best way to determine how the Caller ID will display on your phone is to send yourself a test phone call using the option in your account. You should store this incoming number and name it WeatherCall so that you know it is a weather alert from our service.
How do subscribers setup SMS text messaging to their mobile phone.
WeatherCall@Home will send SMS text messaging to a mobile phone using the email address provided by the mobile phone carrier for the device. Subscribers will need to contact their mobile carrier for the specific email address for their mobile phone service. SMS text messages count as an email address of which each record is allowed three.
Will WeatherCall notify a pager?
Yes, the service will use email to notify a pager. Subscribers will need to contact the paging carrier for the email address of the pager and then log into their WeatherCall@Home account and register the pager’s email address. This entry will count as one of the 3 email addresses allowed.
How are flash flood alerts delivered?
Flash flood alerts are delivered only via email and/or SMS text messaging; they are not delivered by phone.
Is a subscriber’s private information safe?