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State to give weather radios to senior centers

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Governor Easley announced today that 164 senior centers in the state will soon get weather radios to warn seniors and staff members of weather emergencies.

The NC Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service in the Governors Office is paying for the senior center radios through a five-thousand dollar federal grant.

In recent years, the state Department of Crime Control and Public Safety has distributed more than 13-thousand weather radios to public schools, daycare centers, nursing homes and hospitals.

Despite predictions for a more active hurricane season this year, a recent poll indicated most North Carolinians were not very concerned about, nor prepared for, major storms. About 54 percent of those interviewed said they did not feel vulnerable to damage from a hurricane, related tornado or flooding.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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