Weather is always a factor when considering the safety of lives and structures, but with the volatility of spring weather combined with the critical and evolving response to COVID-19 these risks are amplified. Triage tents and other temporary structures, hospitals and first response efforts are particularly vulnerable during severe weather.

WeatherSentry uses predictive models and adaptive technology to project various scenarios and hourly forecasts for the 72-hour period at a specific site. Real-time data combined with map-based local storm reports, hyper-local data and first-hand accounts provide better visibility into high-impact weather in location-specific areas to help you can make decisions that enhance safety and reduce risk.

The DTN WeatherSenty web portal and mobile app features include:

  • Alerting for GPS positions and fixed locations
  • Real-time lightning display and alerts for severe thunderstorms, high winds, hail, tornados, lightning and extreme temperature conditions
  • Severe weather storm tracks radar
  • Hourly and 15-day forecasts
  • Advance knowledge with available alerts up to 36 hours out
  • Live meteorological consulting when important weather decisions are needed

More information can be found here: https://www.dtn.com/weather/public-safety/weathersentry-public-safety-edition/

WeatherSentry and DTN are part of NOAA’s Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors.

During a difficult time for our nation hospitals we must still focus on the all-hazards approach. Hospitals are one of the very few facilities that cannot always relocate patients. Being armed with the latest and most accurate weather information assist leaders in making life saving decisions. Severe weather must be taken seriously even when the world is focused on the pandemic. After having our hospital destroyed by an Ef-5 tornado we always lean on WDT for our most accurate weather information. Currently we are using the lightning 20 mile circumference warning system and severe weather forecast to protect our exterior COVID-19 clinics and inpatient protection.

–Shane CoheaDirector of Safety, Security, and Emergency Preparedness at Norman Regional Health System