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Butler County receives StormReady designation Featured

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From left to right: Tom Heidenwirth, Chairman, Butler County Board of Supervisors; Kelsey Angle, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Des Moines NWS; Mitch Nordmeyer, Butler County Emergency Management Coordinator; Greg Barnett, Emergency Management Commission Member & Board of Supervisor Member; and Sheriff Jason Johnson, Emergency Management Commission Chairman.From left to right: Tom Heidenwirth, Chairman, Butler County Board of Supervisors; Kelsey Angle, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Des Moines NWS; Mitch Nordmeyer, Butler County Emergency Management Coordinator; Greg Barnett, Emergency Management Commission Member & Board of Supervisor Member; and Sheriff Jason Johnson, Emergency Management Commission Chairman.NOAA’s National Weather Service has recognized Butler County as a StormReady county and becomes the 28th county in Iowa to receive the designation. 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.

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 Butler County Emergency Management will go through a renewal process.

For more information contact the Butler County Emergency Management Agency at 319-267-9968.

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

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