AccuWeather Expands Free Weather Warnings Offer to Hospitals in All 50 States After More than 150 Facilities Fighting Coronavirus Sign On

Hospitals and medical facilities with temporary COVID-19 testing and triage sites are urged to register for the complimentary advanced severe weather warning service at hospital.accuweather.com

AccuWeather Global Weather Center, April 7, 2020 — AccuWeather announced it is expanding its offer to donate free weather warnings services to hospitals, medical facilities and public health agencies due to high demand as more than 150 medical facilities signed on to the pilot program launched initially in the hardest hit states impacted by the Coronavirus, including more than 45 Health and Human Service (HHS) testing sites.

According to the Inspector General’s report released Monday, April 6, by HHS, three out of four US hospitals are dealing with COVID-19, Now, hospitals and medical facilities in all  50 US states are urged to take advantage of the program to offer specialized AccuWeather SkyGuard severe weather warning services to help reduce weather-related risks to vulnerable, temporary structures established for Coronavirus testing and triage.

The American Hospital Association (AHA ) sent the AccuWeather announcement to its member hospitals, which can sign up for the free service at hospital.accuweather.com.

“The response to this AccuWeather COVID-19 hospital initiative has been overwhelmingly positive,” said AccuWeather For Business Vice President Jonathan Porter, who is also a meteorologist.  “We have been collaborating to ensure the safety of frontline healthcare heroes working in particularly vulnerable temporary structures established for the purpose of COVID-19 testing and triage, and we have seen tremendous interest, receptivity and appreciation for this vital service. These people are making great sacrifices working under significant strain in challenging conditions, and we are humbled to offer our expertise nationwide during this critical time to ensure hospital personnel have one less risk to worry about.”

Said Al Neuner, Vice President of Geisinger Facilities Operations, “AccuWeather has unique and valuable expertise in providing weather risk information to businesses that operate outdoors. We applaud AccuWeather’s partnership in providing protection for our nation’s healthcare workers while they perform these essential services.  Especially at times of crises, partnerships, such as this with AccuWeather, increasingly lead to better outcomes that benefit Americans and our worldwide community.”

AccuWeather has special expertise serving hundreds of hospital locations across the country for decades with tailored programs aimed to enhance safety and reduce risk whenever weather is a factor.  The special program was first rolled out March 21 in California, Washington, and the northeastern states of Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania and was shortly thereafter extended to the states of Illinois and Indiana and surrounding areas on March 27 when an onslaught of severe weather was predicted.

The specialized version of AccuWeather’s unique SkyGuard warning service includes advanced warnings for the threat of lightning, wind gusts, flash flooding and tornadoes impacting temporary Coronavirus testing and triage sites.

In addition to providing customized services for many industry verticals, AccuWeather’s expert meteorologists have  been providing these advanced warning services for clients that operate outdoors, many of which are in the entertainment space, for decades.

These services will be increasingly important as the country continues to battle the Coronavirus pandemic in the coming weeks, and as AccuWeather meteorologists are expecting an increase in severe thunderstorms and tornadoes across parts of the country.

AccuWeather is the leading supplier of customized, pinpoint weather warnings to large enterprises, as well as a vital information source for worldwide weather forecasts, data and meteorological consulting services.  The company currently provides its services to more than half of the Fortune 500 and thousands of other businesses and government agencies globally.   AccuWeather’s severe weather warnings are highly accurate, actionable, hyperlocal and very detailed.  Independent testing has proven that its advanced weather alerts, are delivered faster than any other source, which is critical when seconds count and lives are on the line.

Porter said hospitals and medical facilities should visit hospital.accuweather.com to sign up for the free service.  “Time is of the utmost importance. We’ve made the registration process seamless and simple to expedite sign ups. The sooner we get medical facilities registered for our free service, the safer healthcare workers and their patients will be.”

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