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Disaster Preparedness: Weather Radios

Disaster and Emergency Plan for the Libraries

Weather Radios


In the summer of 2007, many of the Library Building Emergency Coordinators (LBEC) attended a University of Florida training session, dedicated to increasing awareness of the role of the Building emergency coordinator program on campus. 

During the training, purchase of weather radios for each buildings was advocated. Cathy Martyniak, 2007 Chair of the Disaster and Emergency Planning Committee, followed up on this suggestions and ordered 8 radios from Fisher Scientific via the Library Purchasing office. The radios arrived in October of 2007 and were distributed, one to each LBEC, soon thereafter. The radios are Oregon Scientific Portable Weather Alert Radio, Model WR601. They can use either electric or battery (3 AA's) power.

Specific policies and procedures for use of the radio are set by the LBEC within each library building but in general include notification of upcoming weather events to staff within that Library via whatever notification method works best for that LBEC and that building.

The radio will be placed in the home department of each LBEC, and set to automatically broadcast weather warnings for Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Marion, Levy and Putnam counties.

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