New weather radios handed out in Pueblo County

Posted at 9:54 AM, May 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-04 11:54:39-04

Residents and businesses in eastern Pueblo County are getting new weather radios to help monitor conditions near the Pueblo Chemical Depot.

The sheriff’s office will be delivering the new radios to homes and businesses directly to replace the tone alert radios currently in service.

The radios are used to provide alerts for chemical incidents related to the stockpile at the Pueblo Chemical Depot and also will alert residents of any weather related event as well. When there is an emergency the radio will sound a tone followed by information and instructions.

The existing tone radios are still functional and residents who have them are being told they can keep them or recycle them. If you have one you don’t want they can be taken to Southern Colorado Service and Recycling on 1731 N. Erie Avenue in Pueblo. There is no cost to recycle the radios.

They were purchased through the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program. The program was created by Congress in 1988 to make sure that the community is ready in the event of an emergency at any chemical stockpile at depots throughout the nation.

The Pueblo Chemical Depot is one of only two sites in the nation that still have a chemical stockpile.