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Vanderburgh Co. EMA helps people in need get new weather radios

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You may not be able to predict a fire or other disasters, but you can get ready for severe weather before it comes your way.

The Vanderburgh County Emergency Management Agency says weather radios are the best way to do that.

Just today they got 120 new ones they will soon be giving out. 

This past year there were almost 400 severe weather events in our area, including tornadoes.

"The tornado that hit here in 2005 hit at 1:59 in the morning," said Sherman Greer, EMA. "A lot of people are not up at that time. That weather radio will wake you up."

Vanderbugh County EMA will be giving radios out to the elderly and people who cannot afford them in 12 southern Indiana counties.

Unlike older models, these radios allow you to choose what to listen to.

"You can program the radio to where that you can hear what the weather is like in counties adjacent to us or far enough out to where you can get prepared," said Greer.

Gerri Husband, with the Indiana Dept. Homeland Security said, "Historically in Indiana we have been very dependent on the outdoor sirens. That we have found, over time, is an expensive way to alert the public."

Not to mention, if you're inside, you may not hear outdoor sirens.

These radios are good for more than just weather.

"There are a lot of alerts they can give out, amber alerts, hazardous materials incidents civil disturbance," said Greer. 

EMA Officials say you should change out the batteries in the radios every time you change batteries in you clocks to keep them fresh.

If you would like to get one of these radios, just contact the Vanderburgh County EMA at 812-435-6020. 

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