NOAA Weather Radio Program
Wood County Emergency Management Agency is soliciting donations for a new program to provide National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Emergency Weather Radios to the elderly population in Wood County. Weather radios detect and disseminate emergency information which includes weather related events, floods, chemical spills and other local emergencies events that would take place 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Emergency weather radios cost approximately $25, but can be viewed as a luxury item by some elderly individuals on fixed incomes. It is our goal to raise funds to provide weather radios to the elderly population in Wood County in order to make the elderly feel more comfortable in their surroundings by knowing that if an emergency were to happen they would be notified by this NOAA radio. It would also indicate when to seek shelter if needed, which could potentially save lives.
Our goal is to hand out 200 or more of the NOAA weather radios in the Spring of 2015. If you donate, you will be sponsored on our website along with a letter to the recipient, unless you wish to remain anonymous.
Any donation that you could provide would help improve the safety of the elderly population in Wood County. Please make your donation payable to the Wood County Treasurer and send it to Wood County Emergency Management, PO Box 8095, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495-8095 or drop it off during normal business hours at the office located at 400 Market Street, Room 111, Wisconsin Rapids.
Thank you for taking the time to consider this worthwhile endeavor. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time.
How do I protect myself against Ebola?
If you must travel to an area affected by the 2014 Ebola outbreak, protect yourself by doing the following:
Wash hands frequently or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid contact with blood and body fluids of any person, particularly someone who is sick.
Do not handle items that may have come in contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids.
Do not touch the body of someone who has died from Ebola.
Do not touch bats and nonhuman primates or their blood and fluids and do not touch or eat raw meat prepared from these animals.
Avoid hospitals in West Africa where Ebola patients are being treated. The U.S. Embassy or consulate is often able to provide advice on medical facilities.
For more information please visit http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/2014-west-africa/qa.html