West Chicago distributes weather alert radios to schools

WEST CHICAGO – All West Chicago public schools now have weather alert radios, courtesy of the West Chicago Emergency Services Disaster Agency (ESDA), which distributed the radios at the end of May.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather alert radios were given to the schools as part of the ciity's pursuit of StormReady certification from the National Weather Service.

The certification program prepares communities to respond to severe weather through advanced planning, education and awareness. The radios were purchased by West Chicago with the help of a grant from the Illinois Emergency Services Management Association.

NOAA weather alert radios are activated when the National Weather Service declares a warning or watch.

Additional information on severe weather preparedness is available at www.dupageco.org/protectdupage. Residents may contact ESDA at esda@westchicago.org to schedule a severe weather preparedness talk for their neighborhoods or community groups.