Media Release

Free Weather Radio Programming

Thursday, January 29, 2009 12:00 AM

January 29, 2009

5:10 p.m.

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - Alachua County Emergency Management is inviting citizens to bring their weather radios to any Gainesville Area Publix for free programming assistance. On Saturday, January 31st, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. local ham radio operators (hams) will be at Gainesville area Publix stores to program weather radios for anyone needing this service.

The Florida Tornado Season runs from February through April. Climatology indicates strong to violent tornadoes are just as likely to occur after midnight as they are in the afternoon. This unique feature makes these tornadoes more dangerous, because most people are asleep after midnight and cannot receive weather warnings relayed by commercial radio or television stations. The solution to this is to have a NOAA Weather Radio in your home with a tone alert feature. This will allow you to receive warnings issued by your local National Weather Service office.

This event is sponsored by the Gainesville Amateur Radio Society, the Gator Amateur Radio Club, Publix Supermarkets, and Alachua County Emergency Management. The public is invited to come, meet and talk with the hams.

For more information, contact Jeff Capehart at 352-219-3901.





  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a County program, service or public meeting, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275 at least 2 business days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).