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Weather service: Allen County is StormReady

December 14, 2018

Allen County is now a StormReady community, representatives from the National Weather Service office in Syracuse announced today. 

“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 a thousand communities and counties across the nation that are recognized as StormReady.” 

StormReady is a national program by the National Weather Service.

According to the National Weather Service website, 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,” Michael Lewis, a warning and coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service, said. 

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. 

dgong@jg.net

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