By Debby Woodin
DUQUESNE, Mo. —
Weather radios have arrived for Duquesne residents.
David Weaver, assistant to the mayor, said the city received 150 weather radios on Friday that will be given free to residents within the tornado zone. Residents are asked to bring proof of address, such as driver’s license or utility bill to City Hall, 1501 S. Duquesne Road, to obtain one. City Hall is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The radios, which cost $25 each, were purchased, in part, with a grant from the United Way of Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas.
The rest of the money, about $1,500, came from a donation fund for the city. Weaver said Duquesne received about $11,000 in donations and distributed about $7,500 of that at Christmas to tornado survivors.
A donation has been received from State Farm Insurance Co. to help buy more radios. Weaver said city officials hope to provide them to Duquesne residents outside the tornado zone too if enough can be purchased.
About 300 to 400 homes in Duquesne were damaged or destroyed by the May 22 tornado.
The radios are being made available because of the concern a Duquesne resident expressed when Joplin had a similar distribution last month.
Joplin gave out 4,000 radios purchased with a donation from the American Red Cross and a grant from the Joplin First Response Tornado Fund, which is designated for Joplin residents only.
emergency preparedness officials say that in addition to weather radios, residents should have an emergency kit with blankets, commercial radio, batteries, flashlight, water and snacks.