radios to be distributed to all area schools
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[August 22, 2008]
WASHINGTON -- Federal agencies
have begun distributing more than 182,000 Public Alert Radios to
preschools, Head Start programs, K-12 nonpublic schools and
nonpublic school central offices, K-12 school district offices, and
postsecondary schools. In two earlier phases, the federal government
distributed radios to all 97,000 K-12 public schools across the
country, bringing the program to a close this September with
lifesaving radios in every school in the nation.
The radios sound an alarm to alert school personnel about hazardous
weather and other emergencies, even when other means of
communication are disabled.
The radios are distributed by the
Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration with funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security and assistance from the departments of Education and Health
and Human Services.
Commonly known as NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, these Public
Alert Radios provide alerts and safety steps on a wide range of
emergencies -- an approaching tornado, a telephone outage disrupting
911 emergency services, local roads overrun by flash floods, a
derailed train posing a hazardous material threat, or the urgent
need to be on the lookout for an abducted child.
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The program also encourages school officials, emergency managers,
human service providers and Citizen Corps councils across the
country to partner and align their efforts with local emergency
plans to build overall community preparedness. By coordinating with
their local emergency managers and Citizen Corps Council, schools
also can obtain technical and other assistance to improve their
school safety plans and other emergency preparedness efforts.
For additional information on the Public Alert Radios for Schools
http://public-alert-radio.nws.noaa.gov. The general public can
learn about these radios at
[Text from federal news release file received
Chris Miller, National
Weather Service, Lincoln]