KINGSTON, Okla. (KTEN) — The Buncombe Creek Volunteer Fire Department, local businesses, and community members teamed up to raise nearly $30,000 to buy 900 brand new weather radios.

Saturday morning Buncombe Creek locals went door to door, offering the free weather radios to help residents be better prepared for future storms.

“I think they’re great, I think they’re gonna really be appreciated, they’re really going to be used in this area.”

In March of this year, an EF 2 tornado swept through the town leaving extensive damage behind. 

“We are a rural area and outside warning systems; there’s really only one,” said Buncombe Creek Volunteer Department spokesperson Misty Navarrett. “It’s down in the park, which from right here is one mile away, so it only works if you’re outside. It also only works if you have warning, and we did not have warning for this tornado. It was kind of dissipating, then it didn’t, and it strengthened, and we were hit. So hopefully this will in the future give people some alertness of what is coming.”

Royce Harlam said he is hopeful about how the weather radios will benefit his community.

“We had not much warning at all in this area, so all of Buncombe Creek, Twin Ponds area. Anything is going to help us, and anything is going to  help save lives down here, regardless of what it is," he said.

Deliveries of the emergency radios will continue over the next few weeks.