In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Indiana officials are reminding Hoosiers to take precautions to keep their families safe when severe weather hits.
The St. Joseph County Emergency Management Agency is teaming up with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) to give away 118 weather radios on a first come, first serve basis.
Weather radios are important tools to keep in the home to get up-to-date alerts and warnings about severe weather and storms.
“I have a tri-level and I can hear it upstairs or downstairs,” says Ray Dalgliesh who owns his own weather radio, “You can't hear the message, but you hear that tone and by the time you get down stairs it repeats itself over and over until you turn it off. So I can listen to everything and make sure I'm clear and it gives me enough time if I need to bail, I can head for the basement.”
According to Arvin Copeland, Director of Response and Recovery at IDHS, “Anyone who has a weather radio is going to benefit from it. And they're getting information that they can extremely rely on and that's the weather service.”
Walmart and Walgreens have already donated batteries for the free devices, and to find out more about getting a weather radio, contact the Emergency Management Agency at 574-235-9234.