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75 weather radios to be given away in Ottawa

The La Salle County Emergency Management Agency in collaboration with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, the Illinois Emergency Services Management Association and Home Hardware are giving away 75 NOAA weather radios from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, June 23, at Home Hardware, 814 Clinton St., Ottawa.

There is a limit of one per household/family and the person must be at least 18 years of age. The weather radios have SAME (Specific Area Message Encoding) technology that allows the user to program the radio alphabetically to areas in which they wish to receive their weather notifications from.

Weather radios are the best tool for anyone to have to wake them with warnings for their area at night when people are sleeping or in their homes with the windows closed and air conditioning on. Outdoor warning sirens are for individuals who are outside and should not be used as a primary method of receiving severe weather alerts.

“Mother Nature does not discriminate when it comes to severe weather,” said Dawn Cook, president of the Illinois Emergency Services Management Association, in a press statement. “Storms can strike in the middle of the day or dead of the night.  They take place during the work-day, weekend, holidays and birthdays. That’s why arming the public with the necessary tools to make informed decisions is an essential part of severe weather preparedness.”

La Salle County has history with natural disasters, such as tornadoes, floods, flash floods and severe thunderstorms, so the goal is to distribute these tools for individuals and families to use to help keep them safe. La Salle County Emergency Management Agency has many informational links on its website lasallecountyema.org to assist people in their preparedness planning process.

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