BuffaloWatch is a PC based emergency alert system which improves public notification of local, state and national emergency warnings. It provides rapid notification of emergencies issued through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security or local officials, state Amber Alerts for missing children and threats of severe weather from the National Weather Service.
The application can either run fully open on your desktop or as a minimized application – showing the current temperature – in your system tray. The system will sit idle on your personal computer until an alert is issued. When an emergency is declared, it will sound a warning through the PC, followed by a pop-up screen explaining the type of emergency. You can reduce the screen after receiving the alert, however updated information will immediately scroll across the bottom of the screen.
Desktop Alert Application Features
- Current Homeland Security Threats
- Notification of Local Public Safety Alerts
- Notification of Nebraska AMBER Alerts
- Severe Weather Alerts for Buffalo County
- Notification of Breaking News
- Buffalo County Area Weather Forecast
- Radar Available from Hastings, North Platte & Goodland KS
- Buffalo County Current Weather Conditions
- National and Local Weather Maps
- Current Temperature Display on Your Computer
Buffalo County is the primary county being served with additional information on the surrounding area.
Desktop Alert Application Operation
To Minimize the window, just click on the X in the upper right corner. The current temperature will be displayed in your Windows task bar.
To Maximize the window again, double-click on the blue icon or the current temperature display.
During severe weather warnings, you will receive a text crawl directly on your computer much like those you are familiar with seeing on television. The crawl is preceded by an audible alert sound, to bring attention to your computer.
All you need is an Internet connection. No web browser, such as Internet Explorer, is required to receive the benefits of the BuffaloWatch Alert System.