Nixa gives away 100 weather radios

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NIXA, Mo. (KY3) - The city of Nixa and the Nixa Fire Protection District have partnered together for the third time to help residents be better prepared for severe weather.

Beginning Monday, the city of Nixa and the Nixa Fire Protection District are giving away 100 Midland Weather Alert Radios to residents who have a Nixa address. Unlike previous years, residents do not have to live inside the city or be of a certain age; they just need a Nixa address.

“During severe weather, a weather radio can save your family’s life,” said Nixa Fire Protection District Chief Jon Trent. “Just like people should have smoke detectors in their homes, everyone should have a weather radio in order to know when severe weather is approaching.”

Anyone interested in receiving a weather radio needs to go to Nixa City Hall (715 W. Mt Vernon) to retrieve a voucher. The voucher can be redeemed at the Nixa Fire Protection District Headquarters, 301 S. Nicholas Road, where someone with the Nixa Fire Protection District will program the radios free of charge.

“Having a weather radio inside your home allows you to act before hazardous weather strikes,” said Nixa Mayor Brian Steele. “The more we can get into homes of Nixa residents, the better.”

When programmed correctly, weather radios alert owners of impending weather only in that particular area. Many people rely on tornado sirens to alert them to bad weather but tornado sirens are only meant to be heard outdoors, even though some people can still hear them inside.

“You really don’t want to rely on those sirens,” said Trent. “If you have a weather alert radio, there is no doubt you will know when severe weather is imminent.”

The Midland Weather Alert Radios were purchased at cost with funds from a grant received from the Nixa Walmart (Walmart Foundation).

The vouchers will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis during Nixa City Hall business hours: 8:30 to 4:30, Monday through Friday. Those wishing to receive one need to bring a photo identification with current address. Only one radio will be given out per household.