Weather radios still available at Saturday event
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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ONE OF THE new area resources to be used in the event of severe weather evacuations is a pet trailer, which will be on-site Saturday at Ace Hardware, during the Community Weather Awareness Event. There are still a few weather radios, free of charge, available to those who qualify. Banner photo, GREG KAYLOR
ONE OF THE new area resources to be used in the event of severe weather evacuations is a pet trailer, which will be on-site Saturday at Ace Hardware, during the Community Weather Awareness Event. There are still a few weather radios, free of charge, available to those who qualify. Banner photo, GREG KAYLOR
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“There are still free weather radios available if you fit the criteria,” said Curtis Cline, administrative officer for Cleveland-Bradley Emergency Management Agency.

More than 40 residents have called in to be placed on the qualifying list.

Cline will be among emergency managers Saturday during the third annual Severe Weather Awareness event to be held at Ace Hardware, located on 25th Street.

Activities are set to begin at 10 a.m.

One of the highlights of the event to raise severe weather awareness in the Bradley County community is the introduction of a new piece of equipment to be unveiled.

The Cleveland and Bradley County area has been a National Weather Service “Storm-Ready” community for a number of years.

CBCEMA has added a fully stocked, Household Pet Response trailer to its resource list.

The Chattanooga Kennel Club and American Kennel Club provided funding for the trailer, which will house equipment for up to 50 pets.

Food supplies, portable kennels, cleaning amenities and other items are stored in the trailer which will be taken to designated shelter areas in the event of emergencies prompting homeowners in affected areas to evacuate to shelters.

“This will allow the homeowners not to have to leave their pets behind. Pets aren’t allowed in shelters, and now we have a resource for the pet owners,” said Troy Spence, director of CBCEMA.

Door prizes, free hot dogs, bounce toys for the kids, gift cards and displays by all of the local emergency services such as the Cleveland Fire Department and Bradley County Fire-Rescue will be on hand Saturday to explain equipment operations and functions.

According to Randall Slack, manager of the local Ace Hardware store, a Big Green Egg cooker, patio set and a Yeti cooler will be among the door prizes Ace will provide.

“We are also working to secure door prizes and gift cards from other area merchants,” Slack said.

Hundreds of area residents have taken part in the past two community events that were born out of the April 27, 2011, tornado outbreak that killed nine Bradley Countians.

CBCEMA officials will be on-site to help program the radios which can be obtained through prequalification for the giveaway, and for those who don’t qualify and still need to purchase the possible life-saving tool.

The radios are provided by Safeco Insurance and McIntire and Associates, according to Scott Williamson of WCLE, Mix 104.1 and Talk 103.1 radio.

Representatives from other community organizations such as the American Red Cross are also expected to attend the event.

According to Cline, weather radios are just one link to area residents when it comes to providing for their families’ safety during severe weather events.

CBCEMA will also provide Nixle programming for smartphones during the Saturday event.

Below is the criteria used for qualifying for a weather radio at no charge:

Call Cleveland/Bradley County Emergency Management Agency at 423-728-7289, during office hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Do not leave a recorded message — you must speak to someone to qualify and answer questions to determine eligibility based on the following criteria listed in order of 
priority:

- Elderly (need age);

- Disabled family member;

- Families with special-needs children;

- Homebound residents with no reasonable means of transportation;

- Fixed-income residents without the financial means of acquiring a weather alert radio;

- Residents who are constant-care patients and in need of a caretaker.

- Caretakers of above residents without the means of receiving emergency weather 
notifications;

- Residents with limited or no means of receiving emergency weather notifications. 
(i.e., no cable TV, phone, or other notification service);

- 24-hour care facilities (providing care for elderly or bed-ridden patients) that do not 
currently have a weather alert radio;

- In-patient care facilities that do not currently have a weather alert radio; or

- Day-care type facilities that do not currently have a weather alert radio.

Those qualified will be notified by phone and can pick up radio at Ace Hardware Saturday between 10 and 2.

Qualifiers who don’t pick up their radios could forfeit the opportunity and the radio can be reassigned. After the above requests have been addressed, if there are still radios available, they will be 
awarded on a “first-come, first-served basis,” according to Cline.