The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is partnering with all 92 counties to distribute more than 2,200 all-hazard weather radios to Hoosiers.
“We received a relatively small number of weather radios,” Brian Campbell, Deputy Director of Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency said. “We will be handing those out to the people in the greatest need financially and those who live in a high-risk area.”
Campbell said if you’re in need of a weather radio, or need help working your radio, that the EMA can help.
The distribution focuses on those who are particularly vulnerable to the damaging effects of sever weather, economically disadvantaged citizens, residents of mobile and prefabricated homes and others who may not receive weather alerts by traditional means. The purchase was funded through federal grants. The radios receive more than 60 emergency alerts, including hazardous weather, local warnings and information on current conditions from the National Weather service.
In the event of a power outage, backup batteries power the radio.
Those in need of a weather radio are encouraged to call the Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency office at 364-5154.
Campbell says to always keep your radio next to a window. He also wants to stress the importance of early warnings and being informed on what to do in case of a severe weather event. For more information on severe weather safety go to www.ready.gov