The Fire Department of the City of La Vergne is teaming up with Kroger to bring weather radios to residents at minimal cost this Saturday.
From noon to 4 p.m., the Kroger store on Murfreesboro Road in La Vergne will sell weather radios at cost and give away free batteries.
Because radios can sometimes be complicated to set up, fire fighters from La Vergne will be on-hand to program the radios for free. The radios serve as an early warning device in the event of severe, potentially life-threatening weather.
"The lack of knowledge of inclement weather is the number one cause of death during storms," Fire Marshal Victor Woods said. "Not knowing the weather is approaching is a big issue, but people also need to have an emergency plan should bad weather approach. For example, figure out your safe location, bring materials that could prevent injury from flying debris, and plan for your children and pets."
Kroger spokesperson Robin Gillespie said, "Should you lose power to your house during storms, a weather radio is a great back-up system for getting early warning notification We are pleased to partner with the city to both educate citizens about weather safety and to bring these items at low- to no-cost."
Kroger is giving away weather radio batteries for free and providing the weather radios for $29.99.
Stonecrest Medical Center is helping to sponsor the event and will give away miniature first-aid kits. Additionally, city fire trucks and the Rescue Squad will be on-hand for children to explore.