Weather radio giveaway set as part of Severe Weather Awareness
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Mar 23, 2014 | 848 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Once again the community is expected to come together for safety’s sake.

The 3rd annual Severe Weather Awareness event will be hosted by Ace Hardware in Cleveland.

For the past two years, Ace along with a number of other local companies and government public safety officials, have held a weather radio giveaway.

Officials with Ace dedicated the event for residents to be more informed and prepared after tornadoes swept through Cleveland and Bradley County in April 2011 and March 2012.

On April 6, Ace, McIntire and Associates Insurance Co. and Cleveland-Bradley County Emergency Management Agency will repeat the giveaway to qualified individuals or families.

CBCEMA officials will be onsite to program radios, whether issued or purchased during the event.

Also, a new mobile Disaster Preparedness Kennel connection will be on display by CBCEMA and the American Kennel Club.

CBCEMA officials will be onsite to help program the radios which can be obtained through prequalification for the giveaway, or for those who don’t qualify and still need to purchase the possible life-saving tool.

Recently, a National Weather Spotters class drew more than 100 people.

A number of homes or businesses were totally destroyed, hundreds damaged and nine people lost their lives during the April 2011 tornadoes.

Anthony Cavallucci of the Morristown office said in the past meetings that Bradley County is in a “Hot Zone” for tornadic activity.

“Bradley County is and has been a Storm-Ready community,” said CBCEMA Director Troy Spence.

Storm-Ready means certain criteria has been formed into the warning systems and response to weather-related events such as tornadoes.

Social media, Nixle and other warning systems have been instituted.

After the tornadoes, Federal emergency managers praised the efforts in rescue and recovery in the days following the events.

Five tornadoes were reported and tracked, but those five tornadoes spun off at least five more destructive twisters making them what is called “multiple-vortices” tornadoes.

“Every safety tool we can help provide hopefully means more lives will be saved,” Spence said.

The 3rd-annual Severe Weather Awareness Event will begin at 10 a.m. and last until 2 p.m.

To qualify for a free weather radio, contact Curtis Cline, administrative officer for CBCEMA at 728-7289.