For the second year in a row, the Alabama Association for Justice and the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation have joined forces to help citizens become better prepared for bad weather by raising money for weather radios. Bob Prince, ALAJ president, explains the good that has resulted from the program:
This program has helped put more than 400 much-needed weather radios in homes across Alabama. When you factor in the benefits from just one more home having a weather radio the true magnitude of this program is immense. All across Alabama people need weather radios, especially in areas without warning sirens. Weather radios are crucial to people’s preparation for bad weather, and our members are committed to helping provide them and in the process hopefully save lives.
Between 2007 and 2008, nearly $10,000 was raised to purchase and distribute more than 400 weather radios to residents in Coffee, Wilcox, Jackson and Autauga counties. These areas of the state were hit hard by tornadoes in 2007 and 2008, where millions of dollars worth of property was destroyed and several people lost their lives. Residents in rural areas in these counties are especially susceptible to the danger of tornadoes, largely because early warning weather sirens prevalent in urban areas are sparsely placed in the rural landscape if they are present at all. The lack of early warning sirens, coupled with a high number of mobile homes, makes the need for weather radios in these areas apparent. In order to help residents in the affected counties prepare for future bad weather, the members of ALAJ and ACJF committed to raise money for weather radios. Emergency management officials and meteorologists agree that weather radios not only help citizens prepare for inclement weather, they can also help save lives in the process.
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