Photo by George Lauby
From left: Joanna LeMoine, Brandon Myers and Kelly Allen.
The National Weather Service recognized Lincoln County Monday as “Storm Ready,” with procedures in place to alert residents of approaching severe weather and preparations in place to deal with it, if it arrives.Storm Ready designations began in 1999 in seven communities in the area of Tulsa, Okla. and are now in place in 2,600 communities.
Warning Coordination Meteorologist Kelly Allen presented a banner and certificate to Lincoln County Emergency Management Director Brandon Myers and Assistant Director Joanna LeMoine before the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners.
To be Storm Ready, a community 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 readiness.
• 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.
“Every year, more than 500 Americans lose their lives to severe weather and floods,” Allen said. “More than 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 2,500 floods and 1,000 tornadoes affect the United States annually…. Potentially deadly weather can affect every person in the country. That’s why NOAA’s National Weather Service developed the Storm Ready program.”