Joplin manager wants to distribute weather radios

Friday, February 10, 2012 | 1:48 p.m. CST

JOPLIN — Joplin City Manager Mark Rohr wants the city to distribute weather radios to all Joplin homes that don't have one.

Rohr said a survey indicated 58 percent of Joplin homes don't have a weather radio, meaning the city would have to distribute about 11,000 radios at a cost of $300,440.

The Joplin Globe reported the state denied the city's application for money to fund the project. The American Red Cross donated $50,000, and Rohr said he will ask the Joplin Tornado First Response fund for $250,000 for the project.

He said the radios would provide some comfort for residents as the tornado-damaged city heads into a new storm season.

Rohr wants to start soon. The fire department will make a presentation to the city council Feb. 20.

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