State Grant Awards Whitfield County hundreds of Weather Radios
Claude Craig, Whitfield County Emergency Management Director said, "We are going to be doing a lot of public relations events with our upcoming Prepare-a-thon that’s coming up on October 3rd. We will be doing events all over the county and we will be giving out radios at those." Georgia Emergency Management Agency and Homeland Security awarded the county with a 20-thousand dollar grant to purchase the radios for their residents. Jim Butterworth, GEMA Director said, "Whitfield county has definitely shown with some of their planning preparations that they have a concern, and they have demonstrated the vision of wanting to have the weather radios in place."
The funds are part of FEMA’s hazard mitigation plan which helps local governments reduce and eliminate risk to human life and property. Whitfield County Emergency Management Director Claude Craig said that the radios will be on a first come first serve basis. Craig said, "There is one per household and you have to be a Whitfield county resident. We are reaching out to our faith based organizations to make sure that they are all on board with us for the preparedness and we want them to all have a weather radio." Butterworth said, "Folks are encouraged to get the radios and hook them up and have them available. The goal will be to have an early warning if there is any kind of weather threat that might be moving in."
Craig says the radios will also be distributed at his agency’s office at the 911 Center, 804 Professional Boulevard in Dalton. More details will be released later when the radios are available.