IRONTON, OH (WSAZ) -- The Lawrence County Ohio Local Emergency Planning Committee, is giving out emergency warning radios to facilities throughout the county.
The Local Emergency Planning Committee has provided more than 60 emergency radios to facilities.
Schools, day cares and nursing homes are just a few of the facilities that received them.
Officials say they were surprised by how many facilities didn't have some kind of emergency notification.
The Emergency Management Director says they're aiming to reach as many people as possible, especially children and the elderly.
"Emergencies happen any time day or night and the earlier we know about the emergency the more prepared we can be," said Emergency Management Director Michael Boster. "We can take appropriate action."
He says many people get busy in their work day and may not be aware of an emergency. Thus making it important to have some kind of alert even where you work.
The emergency radios will send out an audible alert for any emergency including weather alerts but also civil alerts like a chemical spill.