Program offers weather radio to residents at reduced cost
For years, Chuck Magaha has advocated that every home should have a weather alert radio.
And his counterparts in the Kansas City metro agree.
So Magaha and other emergency management coordinators in the metropolitan area have established a program to place the radios in homes, schools and businesses throughout the eight-county area.
"We're excited about this because we're looking at putting in 100,000 weather alert radios during the next three years," said Magaha, emergency management director for Leavenworth County. "We feel it's a goal we could acquire. These radios are just as important as a smoke detector in all homes."
Price Chopper, which has 35 stores in the metro area, has agreed to sell the radios at cost for $39.95. The radios carry a retail price of about $60. Price Chopper also is underwriting a share of the cost to publicize the program, called Project Community Alert.
"I think it's a neat deal," Magaha said.
The radios feature automatic alarms that sound when perilous weather hazards are broadcast by the National Weather Service.