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YAZOO CITY, MS (WLBT) - Through a technology grant Yazoo City purchased 400 Midland weather radios, but they have never been distributed. At the Yazoo City Police Department there are boxes and boxes of unopened Midland weather radios. They have been sitting there for about a month.
"With 400 radios you got three batteries a piece which would be 1,200 to 1,400 batteries to put in these in order to program them to get them out," said Yazoo City Police Chief Eric Snow.
Each weather radio requires three AAA batteries. When the police department passes the life-saving devices out they want the radios to be fully operational, but they can't afford to buy that many batteries.
"We're hoping we can get it donated because, as everything else, the city is in a tight spot for money right now," said Chief Snow.
The weather radios are designated to go to nursing homes, schools, daycares and hospitals.
"The places that these, the ones that we applied for, were not in the storm. They were not affected by the storm. I wish I could say that if we would have had them out it would have saved lives, but none of the areas these were going toward were affected by the tornado," said Chief Snow.
The Yazoo City Police Department would like donations of AAA batteries. For more information call the Police Department at (662) 746-5611.
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