Washington, DC, Nov 14, 2012 -- Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager today announced that Grand County, Colorado has been selected to receive a Weather Radio Transmitter Grant from USDA to transmit emergency weather broadcasts throughout the region.
“We are pleased to help provide hazardous and emergency weather information infrastructure for the residents and businesses in rural Colorado,” said Tonsager. “This is essential in order to protect lives throughout the region during weather-related emergencies.”
Located in northern Colorado, Grand County has been selected to receive a $60,325 grant to fund a 300-watt dual radio transmitter, antenna and building. The radio transmitter will provide National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) broadcast to Grand and surrounding counties. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts, and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Local schools, hospitals, nursing homes, residents, and industries will be able to receive emergency and life-saving information from the All Hazards broadcast warning system.
USDA’s Rural Utilities Service Weather Radio Transmitter Grant Program provides funds to finance the installation of new transmitters to extend the coverage of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Weather Radio system (NOAA Weather Radio) in rural America.
To date, USDA has awarded 101 grants from its Weather Radio Transmitter Grant Program to extend the coverage of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Weather Radio System (NOAA Weather Radio) in rural America. These 101 grants, covering 109 sites in 28 states and Puerto Rico, were awarded to 18 electric cooperatives and nonprofits, five telecommunications cooperatives, and 74 local and state governments.
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