Midwesterners are all too familiar with the devastating floods that ravage the region more often than any other type of disaster, as well as the tornadoes and high winds that frequent this portion of the United States this time of year. Now is the time — before severe weather begins — to prepare for the inclement weather that may be just around the corner.

To assist local neighborhoods in their emergency preparedness, the Midland Radio Corporation and the Kansas City Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, in coordination with Brush Creek Community Partners and the Green Impact Zone, donated all-hazard weather radios to 20 community facilities along Brush Creek.

Organizations that received the donated radios include:

  • Blue Hills Neighborhood Association
  • Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center
  • Brush Creek Community Center
  • Christian Fellowship Ministries
  • Green Impact Zone
  • Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council
  • Paraclete Manor
  • Swope Health Services
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City Campus Police

Weather radios provide constant, useful and up-to-date weather information. They are equipped with a special alarm tone that will sound an alert and give immediate information in a life-threatening situation.

Individuals may purchase their own radios for a reduced price of $29.95 at area Price Chopper stores through Project Community Alert, a partnership between local emergency managers, Price Chopper and Midland Radio. More than 90,000 area residents have taken advantage of this program.

For more information on emergency preparedness and how you can prepare for inclement weather, visit www.preparemetrokc.org or www.ready.gov.