Emergency Radio Giveway at Berger

            The lure of a free NOAA weather radio drew Oakmont people to a blocks-long line outside the Berger Center where the city was handing out emergency radios at a drive-through event April 7.

            “This is a very well-attended event,” was the understatement from Brittany Milton, the city’s deputy emergency manager as she handed radios to people in a line of cars in exchange for registration forms that came in the mail.

            The event was scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., but opened at 8:05 a.m. as cars lined up onto White Oak Drive, around the corner and before 10 am. had reached where the golf course borders Oakmont Drive. Some people arrived on foot to get their radios.

            The city brought 2,000 radios to Oakmont, the first of five events where 12,000 radios were to be distributed.

            The  NOAA radios are home-alerting tools that are remotely activated by the National Weather Service to receive life-saving warnings issued by first responders. They’re battery powered so work in case the power is out.

            The forms sent by the city include directions for charging and using the radios.

            Some people had trouble programming their radios. Emergency Preparedness Manager Neil Bergman recommended that radio recipients also go to the following links put up by the city to help understand their radios. He also mentioned that the alerts on the radio will work if powered up whether  the date/time feature is programmed or not.  Unless you want to use it as a clock it does not need to be programmed f

or date/time to work as alert system.  This means the alerts will go off, as well as the Wednesday tests. (Every Wednesday morning between 11 and noon the National Weather Service will send out its Required Weekly Test.  You may notice the ADVISORY light comes on, and ‘REQUIRED WEEKLY TEST” scrolls across the screen.  That means your radio is operating properly.) 

            The links are:



Mayor Chris Rpgers leans in to pass out a NOAA radio in the Berger parking lot. (Photos by Julie Kiil)
Fird Chief Scott Westrope takes part in the NOAA weather radio distribution.
The Meadows resident George Szollar picked up his NOAA radio on a scooter.