State to distribute 4,800 weather radios

INDIANAPOLIS (WANE) The Indiana Department of Homeland Security will distribute more than 4,800 weather radios to residents in the state’s 92 counties.

The radios will be intended for residents who are most vulnerable to the damaging effects of severe weather, the department said. That includes the economically disadvantaged, mobile and prefabricated home residents and others who may not be able to receive weather alerts by traditional means.

All-hazard weather radios disseminate more than 60 emergency alerts such as hazardous weather and other local area warnings, including up-to-date weather information broadcast directly from the National Weather Service. In the event of a power outage, backup batteries power the radio.

“All-hazard weather radios are valuable tools for protecting Hoosiers throughout every season of the year,” said John Erickson, IDHS Director of Public Information. “Early warning can help citizens make informed decisions and take appropriate action to increase their safety.”

Federal grants funded the purchase of the radios.

They will be distributed through each county’s emergency management agency.

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