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NWS recognizes Union County as StormReady Featured

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NOAA's National Weather Service has recognized Union County as a StormReady® county. The Storm Ready program helps community leaders and residents prepare for hazardous weather and flooding. Storm Ready sites have made a strong commitment to implement plans and resources in an effort to save lives and pro­tect property when severe weather strikes.

"Union County Emergency Management has taken proactive steps to plan and prepare for weather impacts in an effort to help build a Weather-Ready Nation," says Kelsey Angle, National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist.

The nationwide community preparedness program uses a grassroots approach to help communities and organi­zations develop plans to handle local severe weather and flooding threats. The voluntary program started in 1999. There are now more than 2,350 Storm Ready communities across the country working to build a Weather-Ready Nation.

To be recognized as StormReady, an organization must:

  • Have access to a 24-hour warning point and an emergency operations center;
  • Have more than one way to receive severe weather forecasts and warnings and to alert the public;
  • Monitor local weather conditions;
  • Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars;
  • Develop a formal hazardous weather plan and hold emergency exercises.

The Storm Ready recognition will be in effect for three years then Union County Emergency Management will go through a renewal process.

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