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National Weather Service recognizes Black Hawk County StormReady Featured

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From left: Lorie Glover, Black Hawk County Emergency Management Coordinator; Frank Magsamen, BH County EM Commission Chair; and Kelsey Angle, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service Office in Des Moines.From left: Lorie Glover, Black Hawk County Emergency Management Coordinator; Frank Magsamen, BH County EM Commission Chair; and Kelsey Angle, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service Office in Des Moines.NOAA’s National Weather Service has recognized Black Hawk County as a Storm Ready county. The StormReady program helps community leaders and residents prepare for hazardous weather and flooding. StormReady sites have made a strong commitment to implement plans and resources in an effort to save lives and protect property when severe weather strikes.

“Black Hawk 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 StormReady communities across the country working to build a Weather-Weather Nation.

To be recognized as StormReady, an organization must:

  • Have access to 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;
  • Monitor Local weather conditions;
  • Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars;
  • Develop a formal hazardous weather plan and hold emergency exercises.

The StormReady recognition will be in effect for three years then Black Hawk County Emergency Management will go through a renewal process

For more information contact the Black Hawk County Emergency Management Agency at 319-291-4373.

For more information on the StormReady program, go to www.weather.gov/stormready/.

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