|JEFFERSON CITY - Every Missouri public school in mid-Septeber will receive a Tone Alert Weather Radio as part of a national project distributing radios to 80,000 public schools by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). State Emergency Management Director Ronald M. Reynolds said the distribution program was announced at the National Emergency Management Association Conference in Alabama.
In April, Gov. Matt Blunt's Homeland Security Advisory Council embraced the Safe Schools initiative which partners the Department of Health and Senior Services with the Missouri School Boards Association to provide a secure online planning and training system for emergency preparedness with an emphasis in contagious disease and biological and chemical terrorism. The web-based system is offered at no cost to all Missouri's schools both public and private.
Information on programming tone alert weather radios is available at the NOAA Weather Radio website. The site features a sidebar with links to listings by state, coverage maps, coding information and information about different types of equipment.