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Polk County Re-Certified as StormReady
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Polk County ReCertified as StormReady
On November 25, 2013 Polk County completed a full renewal of their StormReady status. Polk County completed a set of rigorous criteria necessary to earn the distinction of being StormReady®. Polk County initially became StormReady twelve years ago in the fall of 2001.
StormReady is a voluntary program that provides communities and universities with clear-cut advice from a partnership between local National Weather Service forecast offices and state and local emergency managers. To be recognized as StormReady, a community or college must:
- Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center;
- Have more than one way to receive severe weather forecasts and warnings and to alert the public
- Create a system that monitors local weather conditions
- Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars;
- Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.
The National Weather Service congratulates Polk County on maintaining their StormReady status.