Weather Radio_1In conjunction with “Severe Weather Preparedness Week” which runs from March 20th thru March 26th, the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency, in partnership with the Marshall County Amateur Radio Club, will be distributing NOAA All Hazard/Weather Alert Radios to those individuals in the community that would benefit the most from receiving advanced warning information.  Individuals who are at a higher risk from the threat of severe weather include those that live in mobile and modular homes, live in a home without a basement, the elderly, or citizens with special needs.

The event will be held Tuesday, March 22, 2016 from 10:00 am until Noon at the Marshall County Emergency Management Office located at 112 W. Jefferson Street Room 207 in Plymouth.  The radios are FREE, but there is a limit of one per individual.  This giveaway will be on a first come-first severed basis, and we have a very limited supply.  We will also have volunteers available to program the radio for you however, you will need to purchase and bring three (3) double A (AA) batteries with you if you would like to have it programmed.

These radios will alert you to severe and potentially deadly weather situations giving you time to take emergency action to protect you and your family.

In addition to receiving weather warning information from the National Weather Service Forecast Offices, the NOAA Weather/All Hazard Alert Radios are capable of receiving other types of warning information issued by the Department of Homeland Security, as well as messages from local and state Emergency Operations Centers.

NOAA Weather/All Hazard Alert Radio is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the National Weather Service office in Northern Indiana.  The National Weather Service broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Specific Area Message Encoding Technology (S.A.M.E.) allows the radio to be programmed to filter National Weather Service broadcasts of warnings and emergency alerts for a selected geographic area.

If you would like additional information on severe weather preparedness or preparing for any other types of hazards that may occur in Marshall County, please contact the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency at 936-3740.

Remember:  Disaster preparedness is everyone’s responsibility.