Archive for Thursday, May 25, 2006

Hazard-alert radios available at Basehor police department

May 25, 2006

With the peak of tornado season upon us, severe weather in the coming months is almost certain.

To help citizens become aware of severe weather earlier and coincide with the city of Basehor's Emergency Management Plan, all-hazard alert radios are now available for purchase at the Basehor Police Department.

The Emergency Management Plan was created by Basehor police Chief Terry Horner to make sure the city of Basehor is prepared if disaster, such as a damaging tornado, were to strike. A tabletop test of the plan was conducted March 21, which showed how the city would cope if a tornado went through Basehor, causing minor damage. Several city, county and state officials helped test and critique the plan.

One suggestion to improve the plan was to increase citizen awareness by adding more outdoor tornado warning sirens and making weather-alert radios easily available to the public.

After a few improvements, the Emergency Management Plan and the purchase of all-hazard alert radios were approved by the Basehor City Council May 1.

Horner encourages citizens to purchase a radio for $28.43. They are available at the main lobby of the police department.

"The radios are now currently available and we ordered 25 to start," he said. "We hope to provide this service for the community during severe weather and are looking forward to the success of this program. If these can save a life, it's well worth it."

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