State distributing all-hazard radios through county emergency agencies

Staff Report
TheStatehousefile.com

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) will be distributing more than 2,200 all-hazard weather radios to Hoosiers.

IDHS has partnered with all 92 counties in the state and the radios will be distributed on local level by each county’s emergency management agency.

The distribution focuses on citizens who are particularly vulnerable to the damaging effects of severe weather – economically disadvantaged citizens, residents of mobile and prefabricated homes and others who may not be able to receive weather alerts.

“Receiving early warnings is critical to safety during severe weather events,” IDHS Director of Public Affairs John Erickson said in a news release.

Mobile homes and other similar structures provide minimal protection against severe weather and other life-threatening disasters. In the event of severe weather, mobile home residents are encouraged to seek shelter in a building with a strong foundation.

All-hazard radios receive more than 60 emergency alerts, including hazardous weather, local area warnings and information on current conditions from the National Weather Service.

In the event of a power outage, backup batteries power the radio.

“All-hazard radios, which provide a wide range of alerts, are a valuable tool that can help citizens make a decisions to better protect themselves and their families,” Erickson also said in the release.

Most all-hazard radios require a Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) code number that limits the emergency messages they can receive.

The list of Indiana counties and their corresponding SAME codes are available at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/coverage/ccov.php?State=IN.

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