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POSTED: June 25, 2010 2:04 p.m.
ATLANTA — The Georgia Emergency Management Agency’s Ready Georgia campaign is teaming with Kroger for the second year to arm Georgians with NOAA Weather Radios as hurricane season kicks off on the Atlantic coast.
Through July 19, Georgians who visit ready.ga.gov and sign up to use Ready Georgia’s interactive planning tool not only get a customized checklist of emergency supplies and a tailored emergency communications plan, but they are also entered to win one of 200 state-of-the-art, digital alert Midland radios from WSB-TV.
Dawn Deans, one of last year’s winners, says the Ready Georgia Website has been a valuable preparedness resource and having a NOAA weather radio has given her peace of mind, allowing her to go about her day knowing her family will be informed in the event of impending severe weather.
“Once when a hurricane threatened the coast, it spawned a tornado near us two days later,” said Deans, a resident of Lilburn. “Thanks to our radio’s warning, we were able to get to the center of the house where we needed to be.”
In addition to being able to win a radio from WSB-TV, Kroger stores statewide are also giving Georgians the opportunity to purchase NOAA Weather Radios at a discount. Throughout hurricane season, Kroger will offer weather radios for just $29.99 (regularly $49.99).
GEMA/Homeland Security director Charley English says that NOAA weather radios are as crucial to family safety as smoke detectors or alarm systems. In Georgia, 29 transmitters broadcast throughout the state, and approximately 98 percent of Georgia’s population lives within range of a NOAA weather radio transmitter.
For more information on emergency preparedness in Georgia and to find Ready Georgia’s interactive planning tool, visit ready.ga.gov.
 

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