Florida Emergency Management To Provide Weather Radios

By: Meteorologist Ray Hawthorne Email
By: Meteorologist Ray Hawthorne Email

Important Note: WCTV and Publix are partnering to provide Weather Radios at a discount rate of $29.99. You can pick one up at the store and be alerted to the latest watches, warnings and advisories any time of the day or night.

TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Division of Emergency Management (DEM) and Columbia County Emergency Management, in partnership with Winn-Dixie, are providing 100 NOAA “All-Hazards” alert radios to Lake City area residents impacted by the recent tornado and severe weather on Friday, March 7, 2008.

State officials will be providing radios to county emergency management officials who will distribute the radios to the Lake City residents who were affected by last week's tornado. They will be visiting the areas with the most damage and offering the radios to those residents. Governor Charlie Crist noted how important NOAA alert radios can be during severe weather events.

“We are saddened by the loss of life last week and we are urging all Floridians to consider putting a NOAA radio in their home,” said Governor Crist. "These radios can be lifesavers, especially when dangerous weather is fast-approaching."

NOAA “All-Hazards” alert radios have gained popularity as a cost-effective means to give people urgent messages on natural and man-made hazards, as well as “no-notice” conditions, in their community. The Florida Offices of the NOAA - National Weather Service have worked closely with the state and local emergency management community in Florida to ensure that vital information is relayed to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“Recently, Florida’s most deadly weather has occurred during tornado events,” said State Meteorologist Ben Nelson. “By keeping your NOAA radio turned on, and batteries checked, you can receive critical information that may save the lives of you and your loved-ones.”

Winn-Dixie Store #86 on Magnolia Drive in Tallahassee quickly stepped in to provide the batteries for the radios which state officials pre-programmed for the Lake City area.

“The weather radios will provide the early warning that will save lives the next time tornadoes threaten Columbia County. As we did during the wildfires last year and other previous disasters, Winn-Dixie is doing what it can to help the people affected by last Friday’s tornado. It’s part of our company’s focus of neighbors helping neighbors by addressing the needs of the communities where we have stores,” said Terry Derreberry, Winn-Dixie’s manger of corporate donations.

For more information on NOAA alert radios, and local programming procedures, please go to: www.weather.gov/nwr

All 67 counties in Florida operate a local emergency management program and the Florida Division of Emergency Management coordinates preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation programs with the local operations and the federal government.

For more information on disaster preparedness in Columbia County, go to www.columbiacountyem.com. For statewide disaster information and to find out how you can Get A Plan! for disasters, please visit; www.floridadisaster.org.

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