Members of the local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) met Monday morning and learned that the local organization will soon be receiving more weather radios free of charge.
The weather radios will be distributed through the LaGrange County Council on Aging, where the first in line to receive the equipment will be those who are unable to afford the purchase of the devices. Second recipients will be people who live in mobile home parks.
It was announced that the National Weather Service has initiated a program of automatic severe weather text messages to all cellphones in an area. The messages will be delivered to all cellphones regardless of carrier and whether or not a person has a text message plan. The messages will be at no charge.
Aaron Knisley, head of communications in LaGrange County, reminded people that the NIXLE program is available to LaGrange County residents. There is no charge for this program. This program allows people to receive up-to-date information affecting their neighborhood by e-mail and text message.
A flyer on this program will be placed in local newspapers soon. A person can sign up at any time by going to the NIXLE website at www.nixle.com.
The group adopted a budget of $5,025 for 2013, which will be considered by the LaGrange County Council Aug. 13 or 14.