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Residents of Shelby County continue to clean up after our most recent severe thunderstorms. Shelby County Emergency Management wishes to take this time to remind them that the local sirens are meant to warn those who are outdoors of approaching dangerous weather so that they will seek shelter. When inside, however, there is sometimes little warning.
To assist in disaster preparedness, those serving the community in Emergency Management decided to equip our county’s daycares and preschools with life-saving emergency weather radios. These radios are programmed with local frequencies that alert the region of an oncoming storm and/or tornado.
“The children in Shelby County are the up-and-coming citizens that will soon develop the pathway of our future,” stated Commissioner Glenn Eagan, Director of Shelby County Emergency Management. “We need to protect them and their daycare providers from storms with these much-needed weather radios.”
This late in the year, funding for the project from state or federal sources was not found. But a unique benefit of living in Shelby County is that the residents take care of each other. When the members of Prairie View Baptist Church near Hunnewell heard about the need, they graciously stepped forward and donated over $300 to purchase the first nine radios. Since then, a few more childcare facilities wished to be included in the program for a radio, so multiple citizens kindly donated funds to purchase them!
If you live in Shelby County, have a daycare, and have not been contacted to receive a weather radio, you may call Shelby County E911’s non-emergency line at 573-633-2050, and leave your contact information.
It is refreshing to see a community pull together to protect its own BEFORE the “storm!”