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Officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service today praised Sandusky County Ohio’s emergency management team for completing a set of rigorous criteria necessary to earn the distinction of being declared StormReady.
StormReady encourages communities to take a proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations and public awareness. The nationwide community preparedness program uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to handle local severe weather and flooding threats. The program is voluntary, and provides communities with clear-cut advice from a partnership between local National Weather Service offices and state and local emergency managers. StormReady started in 1999 with seven communities in the Tulsa, Okla., area. There are now more than 930 StormReady communities in 47 states.
At the Sandusky County Commission meeting today, William Comeaux meteorologist-in-charge, NOAA’s National Weather Service, Cleveland, presented a recognition letter and special StormReady signs to county officials. The StormReady recognition will be in effect for three years when the county will go through a recertification process.
“Every year, around 500 Americans lose their lives to severe weather and floods,” said Brig. Gen. David L. Johnson, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), director of the NOAA National Weather Service. “More than 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 2,500 floods and 1,000 tornadoes impact the United States annually, and hurricanes are a threat to the Gulf and East coasts. Potentially deadly weather can affect every person in the country. That’s why NOAA’s National Weather Service developed the StormReady program.”
To be recognized as StormReady, a community must:
NOAA’s National Weather Service is the primary source of weather data, forecasts and warnings for the United States and its territories. NOAA’s National Weather Service operates the most advanced weather and flood warning and forecast system in the world, helping to protect lives and property and enhance the national economy.
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Editors Note: An image of the StormReady sign and more program information is available at http://www.stormready.noaa.gov
On the Web:
NOAA’s National Weather Service: http://www.nws.noaa.gov
National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office, Cleveland: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/cle