Allen County deemed StormReady
Allen County is now a StormReady community, representatives from the National Weather Service office in Syracuse announced Friday.
“As a resident of Allen County, this is a really big deal,” Mark Frazier, meteorologist in charge, told the Allen County commissioners. “We’re now one of over 1,000 communities and counties across the nation that are recognized as StormReady.”
StormReady is a national program run by the National Weather Service. To earn the StormReady designation, a community must establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center; have more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and alert the public; create a system to monitor local weather conditions; promote public readiness through community seminars; and develop a formal hazard weather plan.
“It doesn’t mean the storms aren’t going to occur : we’ve tried, but there’s only so much we can do : but it does mean that you are in better hands and more ready, resilient and responsive when those storms strike,” said Michael Lewis, a warning and coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service.
Commissioner Nelson Peters said it takes “a whole lot of people doing a whole lot of different things” to prepare the county for severe weather.
“They do it, my hat’s off to them, my thanks goes out to them, because we are indeed a storm-ready community,” Peters said.