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U.S. House passes weather radio bill

December 3, 2009

The Courier-Press is reporting this morning that the U.S. House has passed a bill requiring new mobile or manufactured homes be equipped with emergency weather radios.

The bill carries the name of 2-year-old C.J. Martin, one of 25 people killed four years ago when a tornado hit Eastbrook Mobile Home Park in Evansville.

From the article

“The unanimous support C.J.’s bill received today is based on the recognition that a little thing can make a big difference when it comes to the public’s safety,” (U.S. Rep. Brad) Ellsworth (of Evansville) said on the House floor after Wednesday’s vote. “That if it prevents just one mother from losing her son, a $30 weather radio is not too much to ask.”

Many in this area have come to know C.J.’s Bus, a converted school bus that travels to disaster sites to provide a safe and comfortable distraction for children during that difficult time. The bus came to Owensboro in the wake of a 2007 tornado.

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