Campbell County is Certified Storm Ready.
- Published on Wednesday, 03 June 2015 14:51
Alexandria, KY — June 2, 2015 — Campbell County is a “Certified”StormReady County. Campbell County is one of less than 2,000 StormReady Communities nationwide.
“Campbell County has every reason to be proud of this accomplishment” said Kenneth J. Haydu the Meteorologist In Charge at the Wilmington NWS Office. “Maintaining the StormReady recognition indicates that Campbell County has done everything possible to improve emergency first responder and citizen preparedness in the event of a natural disaster. Campbell County’s continued improvement in communications infrastructure and increased level of severe weather awareness will no doubt minimize the loss of life and/or property in the future.” Haydu continued.
StormReady is a community preparedness program that encourages government entities and commercial gathering sites to prepare for severe storms. The program is sponsored by the National Weather Service and issues recognition to locations nationwide that demonstrate severe weather readiness. The voluntary program provides communities with advice from a partnership with the National Weather Service and state and local emergency managers.
“We are pleased with the continued recognition as a StormReady County and very appreciative of the work of our citizens and community officials to ensure they can monitor and react to severe weather,” William R. Turner, Director of the Campbell County Office of Emergency Management said. “We want to make sure we have all the assets necessary to meet the criteria as StormReady,” Turner continued.
To be officially StormReady, a community must:
- Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency-operations center.
- Have redundant communications systems 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.
Weather radios, at a minimum, must be located at four sites within StormReady communities, including emergency operations centers, 24-hour warning points, city hall, and all school superintendent offices. In Campbell County that has been expanded to include two weather radios in each school, radios in nursing homes, county office buildings and daycare centers.