Nixa to Give Away Free Weather Alert Radios

By KOLR10 News

Published 04/17 2014 12:06PM

Updated 04/17 2014 12:11PM

NIXA, Mo. – For the second year in a row, the City of Nixa is giving away 25 weather radios to Nixa residents 55 years old or older.

Starting today, anyone meeting the aforementioned qualifications can come to Nixa’s City Hall to get a voucher for a free weather alert radio. Receiving the vouchers are on a first-come, first-serve basis and can be redeemed at the Nixa Fire Protection District Headquarters at 301 S. Nicholas. The radios will be programmed there free of charge.

“We’re proud to help keep the community safe for the second year in a row,” Mayor-Elect Brian Steele says in a news statement. “It’s so important that our citizens stay informed and safe during severe weather.”

Anyone wishing to pick up one of the radios must bring photo identification with a birth date as well as a Nixa Utility bill (the address on the ID and bill must match). Only one radio will be given out per household.

Nixa City Hall hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Weather Alert Radios were purchased at cost from the Nixa Fire Protection District with funds from a grant the city of Nixa received from the Nixa Wal-Mart (Wal-Mart Foundation).

Tips of what you can do before severe weather strikes (from the National Weather Service):

•Develop a disaster plan for home, work and when you’re outdoors.

•Identify a safe place to take shelter during severe weather.

•Have a Weather Alert Radio handy to get updates on the weather.

•Check the weather forecast before leaving the house.

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