Indiana gives away 8,500 hazards alert radios

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The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is working with emergency management agencies throughout the state to give away nearly 8,500 all-hazards alert radios.

Homeland Security Executive Director Joe Wainscott says the radios warn owners about thunderstorms, floods, tornadoes and other dangerous weather conditions.

The radios will be given to economically disadvantaged Indiana residents, especially those who live in mobile homes. That's because mobile homes and similar structures offer minimal protection against severe weather.

The radios were bought with funds from federal grants.

The Indiana agency has distributed more than 23,000 radios over the past four years.

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