GEMA’s Ready Georgia Teams with WSB-TV to Give Away 200 NOAA Weather Radios during Hurricane Season 2011
Visitors to www.ready.ga.gov can enter to win one of 200 life-saving devices and get prepared
(ATLANTA) For the third consecutive year, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency’s Ready Georgia campaign is partnering with WSB-TV’s Family 2 Family to get Georgians prepared for severe weather. To kick off the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season, the organizations are giving away 200 NOAA Weather Radios, which are considered to be life-saving devices.
From June 1 through July 15, Georgians can visit www.ready.ga.gov and create a Ready Profile for a chance to win one of 200 Midland radios. Those who enter will also get a personal preparedness plan, as well as a customized checklist of emergency supplies.
In addition to being able to win a radio, WSB-TV’s Family 2 Family also partnered with Midland Radio and Kroger, so Georgians can get NOAA Weather Radios at greatly reduced prices. Kroger stores statewide are offering the original In-Home Midland Weather Radios for just $29.99 and the new portable handheld radios for just $34.99.
GEMA officials say that NOAA Weather Radios are as crucial to a family’s safety as smoke detectors, yet 74 percent of the state’s population has not purchased or programmed one of these life-saving devices.
“If you are sleeping or away from a computer or TV, your NOAA Weather Radio may be the only thing that will alert you to advancing threats, which are likely during hurricane season and year-round,” said Charley English, director of GEMA/Homeland Security.
The Atlantic basin is expected to see an above-normal hurricane season this year, according to the seasonal outlook issued by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. GEMA urges all Georgians, regardless of where they live in the state, to prepare for hurricanes’ most dangerous threats, including tornadoes, storm surge, inland flooding and high winds.
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About Ready Georgia
Ready Georgia is a statewide campaign designed to educate and empower Georgians to prepare for and respond to natural disasters, pandemic outbreaks, potential terrorist attacks and other large-scale emergencies. The campaign is a project of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and provides a local dimension to Ready America, a broader national campaign. Ready Georgia aims to prepare citizens for maintaining self-sufficiency for at least 72 hours following an emergency, and uses an interactive Web site, online community toolkit, broadcast and print advertising and public awareness media messaging to reach its audiences. Ready Georgia is also on Facebook and YouTube.