Weather radio programming help available Saturday

Published: Friday, January 30, 2009 at 8:02 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 30, 2009 at 8:02 a.m.

Have you got a weather radio somewhere around the house that is not being used because you're not sure how to program it? Help will be available at Gainesville area Publix stores on Saturday morning.

Alachua County Emergency Management is encouraging residents to bring their weather radios to an area Publix store on Saturday morning for free programming help. Local ham radio operators from the Gainesville Amateur Radio Society and the Gator Amateur Radio Club will be at the stores between 9 a. m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday to program weather radios at no cost.

The event is being held now to help prepare residents for the most active tornado season in Florida, which runs from February through April.

In a news release about the weather radio event, county emergency management officials said violent tornadoes "are just as likely to occur after midnight as they are in the afternoon. This unique feature makes these tornadoes more dangerous, because most people are asleep after midnight and cannot receive weather warnings relayed by commercial radio or television stations."

Having a weather radio programmed to emit a loud tone during a tornado warning is one way to insure you will receive tornado information overnight.

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