EMA to give away weather radios
by James Phillips
Apr 17, 2012 | 1682 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
More than 400 families in Walker County will soon receive free weather radios to be given away by the county’s Emergency Management Agency.

The Walker County Commission approved the purchase of the more than 400 weather radios at its meeting Monday morning. Commissioners approved a low bid of $23 per radio from Alert Works Limited, and Walker County EMA Director Johnny Burnette said he expected to have the radios by some time in May.

“They are overloaded with orders right now,” he said. “We should get some in early May and the rest by the end of the month.”

The weather radios are being purchased with funds from a $10,000 homeland security grant. Burnette said he is planning to work with the Walker County Long-Term Recovery Committee to find tornado victims and needy families who would benefit from the radios.

“Once we get a list, we want to plan a cookout at our office and give them away,” Burnette said. “We’ll program them and everything when we give them out.”

Burnette said he is pursuing other grants and could obtain more weather radios in the future.

In other action from the meeting:

•Richard Meeks, David Waid and Andy Sims were appointed to the Birmingham Regional Emergency Medical Services System Board.

•Commissioners approved a commercial ground lease agreement with Donald and Nancy Cagle for land used behind the Walker County Jail.