PROVO, Utah--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Vivint™, the largest home automation services company in North America, is keeping customers safe during tornado season. Vivint’s severe weather alert service is included in each home automation and security system.
The free service is available to all Vivint customers with a touchscreen panel in tornado-prone states, 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.
Vivint customers have the advantage of receiving early tornado warnings directly to their touchscreen panel from the National Weather Service. A series of three loud beeps sound inside the home and a detailed warning message appears on the wall-mounted panel, giving Vivint customers extra time to take cover. In addition, customers can also receive tornado alerts on their mobile devices.
“Every second counts when it comes to seeking shelter from a tornado,” said Jim Nye, vice president of product management. “We make it a priority to safeguard customers against all sorts of dangers, and Vivint’s severe weather alerts give an immediate warning, providing valuable time to seek shelter and safety.”
Last tornado season, three tornadoes tore through De Soto, Missouri in one month. Residents Brian and Angela Reheisse were unharmed because of Vivint’s alert, which beat the city sirens by approximately 10 minutes. With the extra time, they were able to assist their neighbor’s son who was home alone during the first storm and get all of them to a safe shelter.
“We had enough time to tuck him under our wing and take care of him as if he were our own. It warms my heart that we were able to provide help to someone in need,” Brian said. “Mother Nature is going to do what Mother Nature is going to do,” Angela said. “But knowing that our system is there gives us a sense of security that makes us feel like we have some control.”
On May 22, 2011 at least 158 people were killed and another 1,100 were injured in the devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri. Edith Lawellin, a 79-year-old widow, who lived directly in the path of the tornado, was awakened by her Vivint system alert nearly five minutes before her neighborhood sirens sounded. This alert allowed her just enough time to seek shelter in a reinforced closet. Edith was safe even as the rest of her home was literally torn apart.
“I was sitting in my recliner, reading the newspaper, and had fallen asleep when the beeping started and woke me up. I went to my Vivint panel and it displayed a tornado warning. I would not have known otherwise that a tornado was coming,” said Edith. “I grabbed a chair and a pillow, went to the closet, and locked the door behind me. I heard crashing all around me for what seemed like over an hour. Eventually a first responder found me, knocked down the door, and I had to climb over rubble to get out. I plan to rebuild in the same spot and I will definitely make sure I have Vivint’s security system. I really believe it saved my life and am thankful to be here right now.”
With a one-time activation fee, plus a monthly monitoring charge, Vivint’s home automation system provides simple, affordable home and security management. The Vivint solution also can manage thermostats, lighting features, and small appliances. Customers can add or subtract products to create a unique solution that meets the needs of their homes, families, and lives. To learn more about Vivint’s home security and home automation products, visit www.vivint.com.
Vivint 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 security, energy management, home automation and solar solutions. In 2011, Vivint's 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 13 years of experience and supports over 700,000 customers throughout the United States and Canada. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.vivint.com.