EMA to give away more weather radios
by RACHEL DAVIS
Jul 25, 2012 | 829 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Walker County Emergency Management Agency will give away 100 weather radios this Saturday, beginning at 5 p.m. at its location on Highway 69, behind the Midway-McCollum Fire Department.

The giveaway varies from the previous event because residents do not need to prove financial status, just residency. They must bring a utility bill to prove residency and to ensure that each house is only receiving one radio.

There will be a cookout at the event and there will also be fireworks after dark.

“I just thought that would be nice for the kids,” EMA Director Johnny Burnette said.

Burnette added that the EMA will be holding future giveaways at other locations in the county, such as Cordova and Sipsey to ensure that all areas of the county are covered.

The weather radios normally retail for $40 to $60 and will come programmed by the EMA officials. This model also features:

•Receives all National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, weather channels with alerts

•Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) technology with 10 memory locations

•User selectable alert, voice, 90db siren or flashing LED

•Alarm clock with snooze

•Battery backup

For years, state and federal officials have stressed the importance of having a NOAA weather radio in each home to safeguard residents by ensuring they know when they are in the path of severe weather.

The National Weather Service broadcasts forecasts, severe weather warnings and watches 24 hours a day over the NOAA radio network.

According to the FEMA website, in addition to broadcasting watches and warnings covering natural incidents such as hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, thunderstorms and winter storms. The network also provides information on topics such as oil spills, 911 telephone outages, AMBER alerts and terrorist attacks. Broadcasts also are translated into Spanish.