An Indiana mother is headed to Capitol Hill to help launch a federal initiative to save lives by better preparing people for severe weather.
On November, 6th 2005 at approximately 2:00 am a tornado ripped through the town of Evansville, Indiana including the Eastbrook Mobile Home Park. The twister caused 20 deaths including 2 year old C.J. Martin. Now C.J.'s mom, Kathryn Martin is turning a tragedy into a public crusade to save lives.
Kathryn Martin says, "I don't know how I would have lived with myself if another family had to suffer the way we suffered because I didn't do anything, because I didn't speak up."
So she sent a string of letters to Indiana's Governor Mitch Daniels writing "I have a hole in my heart... I feel that there needs to be a law requiring the installation of weather radios in mobile homes to ensure the safety of those who choose to reside there." Governor Daniels recently signed C.J.'s law making Indiana the first state requiring mobile homes to be equipped with weather radios.
"The people in Indiana could have known the storm was coming sooner. A NOAA weather radio alerts you when severe weather is headed your way, giving you more time to get out of harms way"
Martin is now turning her attention to Washington to make a national push for similar legislation, but what about here in Virginia?
Manager at Cedar Hill Mobile Estates, Peyton Beard says, "It would probably be a good thing to have for the hurricanes and such and flooding because we have really bad flooding situation around here from time to time."
And he is exactly right. It is always a good idea to have a weather radio for weather emergencies especially if your home is susceptible to extreme weather.
For more information on NOAA weather radios and to find out how to get one visit www.weather.gov/nwr/