Onguard Weather Alerts

Onguard Weather Alerts

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Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed.
Be OnGuard... Weather Alert & Weather Alarm.

OnGuard Weather Alerts monitors the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) active weather alerts for advisories, watches, and warnings for your location (Within the Continental United States. Alaska, Hawaii, or Puerto Rico).

When an alert is detected for your current location or any of your static location entries, an appropriate audible, sensory (vibrate), and visual alert will be generated depending on the severity of the NOAA alert type (Advisory, Watch, or Warning).

Weather Alert & Weather Alarm.

Features:

- NO Signups, NO Websites, NO text messages, and NO ads! This application runs entirely on your Android device as a background service and pulls alerts directly from the source (NOAA).

- NOAA provides advisories, watches, and warnings for: Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Wildfires, Earthquakes, Winter Weather, Extreme Temperatures, Tropical Storms, Hurricanes, Typhoons, Volcanoes, Tsunami, Wind, 911 Outages, Fog, Flooding, Civil Emergencies, Nuclear Power Plant Warnings, Law Enforcement Warnings, Local Emergencies, Child Abduction Emergencies, Avalanches, and more.

- Dynamic Location Support (uses GPS or Cell Network location determination).
- Dynamic Location feature is on/off configurable.
- Static Location Support (unlimited # of entries).

- Audible, Sensory (vibrate), and Visual alerts (Configurable).
- User customizable alert sounds.
- Insistent Alert Support (off/on configurable) for Warning level events (ie. Audible, Sensory, and Visual alerts will repeat until acknowledged).

- Filtering of Alerts by category. *NEW* (in the 06/03/2011 release).
- Configurable Notification Levels (Warnings Only, Watches & Warnings, Advisories & Watches & Warnings).

- Configurable interval for checking for alerts.
- "Check Now" Button for manual or instant checks.

- Easily stop the service by simple unchecking a box in the preferences.

- Link to context sensitive tips from FEMA detailing information about what to do before, during, and after certain events. (In the main menu - full list of events, In the alert detail menu - contect specific information).
- Link to the "Red Cross Safe & Well Check In" site (This is the site to report that you are OK after a disaster or to locate a loved one that was in a disaster).

In Development:

- Radar & Weather Radio Mode currently work, we are waiting for tablet integration before release.
- Various other improvements to existing functionality.

FAQ:

Q: Is OnGuard hard on my battery?

A: No. The application minimizes the amount of power required by allowing the user to control whether Dynamic Location is enabled. Even with this feature enabled, the app only requests Dynamic Location updates at the same interval as your alert polling interval.

Q: How much data is used?

A: Not much at all. It varies based upon the number of active weather publications and how frequently you configure the application to check for updates. Each time the app checks for new NOAA publications a 2k (kilobyte) data packet is retrieved via the Internet for each location configured in your preferences. Using the default app settings, approximately 200k (kilobytes) per day or 6M (megabytes) per month of data is used. This is a very small amount given the allowances of most provider's data plans.

Tip: If data usage is a concern, consider disabling the background service and using the Check Now feature instead.

Q. I am getting alerts for an incorrect location.

A. If you are using "Dynamic Location", sometimes the cell network location (used when GPS is unavailable) will return an incorrect location. This is cell tower issue and is outside our control. Please obtain a GPS fix or use a static location entry.

Q. I am having an issue after updating, what should I do?

A. If you are experiencing any issues after an update, please uninstall and re-install the application.

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Recently changed in this version

Version: 13.4.11 (Kelvin)
- [Enhancement] - Upgraded Android Version Compatibility

Version: 12.9.3 (Jet Stream)
- [Bug Fix] - Corrections to County Names

Version: 12.8.16 (Ice)
- [New Feature] - Added Ability to Check for Alerts Every 1 Minute


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Comments and ratings for Onguard Weather Alerts
  • (59 stars)

    by Mark Beams on 24/06/2014

    Used to be good app. Sent E-mail to developer several months ago about Dynamic Mode not working. Never got a reply. No update made to app either. Therefore; do not install this app. No support.

  • (59 stars)

    by Shannon R. on 22/06/2014

    Glad I can turn sound off by alert priority at least, but the ability to specify which alert types have sound would be much better. For example, I want to be scared out of my sleep for a tornado, but not a river flood warning, since the river is on the other side of the county.

  • (59 stars)

    by Doug Miller on 18/06/2014

    Moto X running 4.4.2. Checkbox is checked but alerts for my current location are not found. "Last Dynamic Location" is "Unknown" Static locations update and alert correctly.

  • (59 stars)

    by mandy west on 16/06/2014

    We've had flood warnings, tornado watch and thunderstorm warnings today and it never notified me once!

  • (59 stars)

    by Marja H. on 05/06/2014

    Completely incorrect and no menu on the S5. Said there were no alerts for my are while we were under a Tornado watch.

  • (59 stars)

    by Todd Applegate on 27/05/2014

    I tested the dynamic location alert checking this weekend because I was not in my home area. The app was not picking up alerts for St. Charles, MO unless I added that location to the list of locations. There was an active flood warning that popped up only after I added St. Charles to my locations. If this is fixed, the app would be a lot more useful. My handset is a Verizon SCH-I545 (Samsung S4).

  • (59 stars)

    by Joe Irvine on 22/05/2014

    I've been using this for years, but recently the dynamic location broke and that was the biggest plus for this app. Now it no longer shows alerts wherever you happen to be. It appears to have been abandoned since no updates in a year.