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Senior Centers to Get Weather Radios

Posted July 17, 2007

— The state government is giving weather radios to senior centers to help them be better prepared for hurricanes and other weather emergencies.

Gov. Mark Easely announced Monday that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration radios will be delivered to 164 senior centers next month. July marks the beginning of hurricane season.

Alerts about tornadoes, hurricanes and other weather-related emergencies are broadcast across the radios.

“A few minutes warning can mean the difference between life and death,” said Easley. “That is why it is so important to have weather radios in place, especially where people gather in large numbers.”

The radio distribution is being financed by a $5,000 federal grant.

In recent years, the N.C. Department of Crime Control and Public Safety has distributed more than 13,000 weather radios to public schools, daycare centers, nursing homes and hospitals.


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  • wkburgess Jul 17, 2007

    This is going to be a good thing. I work at Carillon in hillsborough and we have no idea when a bad storm is about to roll through. We dont have a TV we can turn on to watch the news or anything like that so having something such as this would make it much easier, if there is a bad storm that could spawn tornadoes comming right for us. Weather Radio's in senior centers for the win!

  • shine Jul 17, 2007

    Local weather reports are more of an issue in my opinion. If you are IN a hurricane weather radio is good other wise you can look at CNN or the Weather Channel and determine what course it is taking.
    Weather radio is great like during Fronts producing tornadoes etc.
    Anything we can do to help the seniors is fine in my book. The older people is who you need to look after - after all they looked after us one time.

  • wolfmandan Jul 17, 2007

    Amen Brother!

  • Adelinthe Jul 17, 2007

    Great idea!

    But let's also be sure that the senior centers (and daycares) are required to have enough staff to quickly evacuate.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • wolfmandan Jul 17, 2007

    What a wonderful idea..It would also go well if daycares were required to have them.