Just in time for Severe Weather Awareness Week, the state has finished work that completes the expansion of the weather radio system. David Miller is the administrator of the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division. Miller says they had to construct or find space on 23 towers across the state. AND there’s now statewide coverage except for a few peaks and valleys.
Miller says anyone with a weather radio should get immediate notification once a weather alert is issued. Miller says a lot of the new radios are programmable to alert you to specific information for your location. He says they’re also excited that the radios will carry disaster other emergency information such as 9-1-1 outages, Amber Alerts and evacuation information in case of a chemical spill or other problem.
Miller says the use of weather radios is part of what they’re talking about during this week’s Severe Weather Awareness events. Miller says the radios save lives and says that was found out in Bradgate during a tornado a few years ago, and more recently in Woodward and Stratford.
If you don’t have a weather radio, Miller says there’s a chance to win one. Miller says the state is doing a radio giveaway in conjunction with Severe Weather Awareness Week. Miller says you can sign up for a chance to win the radio at:www.BeReadyIowa.org. Miller says they’ll give away 175 free radios.
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