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Marshall County EMA Weather Radio Programming Day

July 11, 2011

07/12/11 The Marshall County Emergency Management Agency in partnership with Martin’s Supermarket, The National Weather Service, and Marshall County Amateur Radio Club, will be participating in the NOAA Weather/All Hazards Radio Programming Day.

The event will be held this Saturday, July 16th from 7:00am until Noon at the Martin’s Supermarket located at 865 E. Jefferson Street in Plymouth.

So far, this year has been the 7th deadliest tornado year on record with more than 500 people killed by twisters and the severe weather season is not over yet.  Now is a good the time to invest in a NOAA Weather/ All Hazard Alert Radio.  These radios will alert you to dangerous weather situations so that you can take the necessary actions 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 approved by the Department of Homeland Security, and messages from local and state Emergency Operations Centers that have been specifically authorized to disseminate warnings on the National Weather Radio operational frequencies.

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.

You may purchase a NOAA radio at the local Martin’s store or bring one that you already own in to be programmed.  There is no charge for this service.

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:  Emergency preparedness is everyone’s responsibility.

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