Crisp County Sheriff’s Office set to distribute disaster radios

Crisp County is about to be more connected when disaster hits. That’s what Sheriff Billy Hancock says will be the case with more than 300 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration radios.

The radios are the result of a $10,000 GEMA grant the Sheriff’s Office submitted following damage from the 2017 storm season.

Sheriff Hancock says, “This is going to enhance that capability for us to get an early warning message out to the people that tornado activity or bad weather is imminent in our community.”

The Sheriff’s Office plans to distribute the radios across the county in March. They’re making sure they get delivered to everyone susceptible to storm damage.

“You’re gonna find a lot of it’s going to be over on 10th street, the trailer parks there on the south side of Cordele there on 28th and 29th just off of Joe wright drive…and then we have the Omar heights subdivision in the North part and then the businesses there,” said Sheriff Hancock.

Sheriff Hancock, along with Crisp County Emergency Management, plan to start distributing the radios on Friday March 1st.

The Crisp County Sheriff’s office is also applying for a grant for damages caused during the 2018 storm season by Hurricane Michael.