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Free weather radios available from Metro health department

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

If you need a weather radio, it's as easy as picking up your phone and making a call. The first 3,000 people who call a new Metro hotline will get a weather radio for free and never miss a severe weather warning.

The health department said Tuesday that the supply of radios have been exhausted.

"We have ended our weather radio give away promotion after a great response from the community over the past day," said Brian Todd, public information officer for the Metro Public Health Department in a news release. "It is good to know that 3,000 additional homes now have a weather radio, which is just one item within an entire preparedness kit that each family should have and stored in a safe location in the event of an emergency."

"During a tornado or severe weather, power lines go down, your cable isn't working. If you've ever been to a concert, you know that when there are a lot of people using the phone, phones don't work," said Metro Emergency Response Coordinator Rachel Majors. "These weather radios are on a different frequency. It's AM/FM."

Health Officials expect to do a similar campaign in the spring.

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