Sirius officials announced Oct. 1 that the satellite radio
company has donated more than a thousand Sirius receivers, boom boxes and
subscriptions to local Red Cross chapters in support of the organization’s
ongoing hurricane relief efforts in the southern United States.
Sirius offers more than 20 news channels, including three
regional Weather Channels to keep those devastated by the storms in touch with
the best news sources in the world, delivered reliably via satellite service.
“Sirius takes pride in providing assistance to those in need
following the recent hurricanes,” said Joseph P. Clayton, Sirius chief executive
officer. “Residents in many parts of the South have been devastated by the
hurricanes and we feel it is important to help those without power stay in
touch with the latest news and information when local news sources are not
“During the last three storms, cable television went out
every time. But, now with the Sirius radios we will be able to have updates for
victims that are calling, as well as information for the shelters,” said Eric
Holm, Polk and Highland Red Cross chapter response director.
According to a company press announcement, Sirius will ship
satellite receivers and boom boxes to Red Cross locations in southwest Florida,
Tampa Bay, Panama City, Pensacola and Polk County, Florida.