Statement issued Tuesday:
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) partnered with local emergency management agencies to announce that more than 8,300 all hazards alert radios are being distributed to at-risk Hoosiers throughout the state.
“All hazard alert radios are one of the best early warning tools available,” said IDHS Executive Director Joe Wainscott. “Where funds permit, we hope to continue partnering with local emergency management agencies to provide additional radios to Hoosiers who might not otherwise be able to afford them.”
In 2009, IDHS distributed about 1,000 radios through the 10 Indiana districts and 92 county emergency management agencies.
IDHS embarked on this most recent purchase of more than 8,300 about two years ago. This radio project required a sustained effort to secure grant funding, develop the project and secure the radios.
The radios have been divided among the counties and delivered to each county emergency management agency for distribution. In most counties, emergency management agencies are coordinating distribution with local community service organizations or more localized government entities to target, among other areas, residents of the thousands of manufactured (mobile) homes in Indiana.
Manufactured homes and similar structures offer only minimal protection against severe weather and other life-threatening natural and man-made disasters, so frequently the best course of action is evacuation to a stronger, safer building such as a community center or other public facility. These radios will help provide at-risk, manufactured home occupants the advanced warning they need.
Federal grant sources funded the purchase and distribution of these radios.
IDHS encourages everyone who is able to purchase an all hazards alert radio. They can be purchased for about $30 or $40 online and at many retail outlets.
All-hazards alert radios disseminate more than 60 emergency alerts such as hazardous weather and other local area warnings, including up to date weather information broadcast directly from the National Weather Service. In the event of a power outage or an evacuation, backup battery power allows the radios to remain operational.
Most all hazard radios require a Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) code number in order to limit the receipt of emergency messages to a specific geographic area. The list of Indiana counties and their corresponding codes is below.
For more information about safety and preparedness, go to www.in.gov/dhs/getprepared.
COUNTY SAME #
La Porte 018091
St. Joseph 018141
For this list online, go to www.weather.gov/ind under “weather safety” on the left, click on “weather radio” and there is information how to program your radio.