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The National Weather Service Recognizes Broome County, New York as StormReady
On Wednesday, September 14th, MIC Barbara Watson, WCM Dave Nicosia and
Assistant WCM, James Brewster attended a press conference held to recognize Broome County as StormReady.
All major TV stations in the Binghamton
media market were present and ran multiple new stories covering this important
accomplishment. Barbara Fiala, Broome
County Executive, Daniel A. Schofield, Chairman of the Broome County Legislature,
Mike Aswad, Director Broome County
Office of Emergency Services accepted the recognition for Broome County.
Barbara Watson began the press conference
discussing what StormReady means and why is it so important. Dave Nicosia
discussed the details of Broome County's
accomplishments which included response to two major floods and a major
severe thunderstorm in the past year. Barbara Fiala,
Dan Schofield and Mike Aswad all briefly discussed the commitment the
county has to protecting the citizens of Broome County
from disasters, both man-made and natural.
From Left to Right: Daniel A. Schofield, Chairman, Broome
County Legislature, David J. Nicosia, Warning Coordination Meteorologist,
National Weather Service Binghamton, Mike Aswad, Director Broome County
Office of Emergency Services, Barbara Fiala, Broome County Chief Executive,
and Barbara Watson, Meteorologist-In-Charge, National Weather Service
StormReady is a nationwide community preparedness program that uses a grassroots
approach to help communities develop plans to handle all types of severe
weather from tornadoes to blizzards. The program encourages communities
to take a new, proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather
operations by providing emergency managers with clear-cut guidelines on
how to improve their hazardous weather operations.
Specifically StormReady Counties have to meet the following criteria to achieve this recognition:
To be officially StormReady, a community must:
For more Information on the StormReady program, check out the following web site: http://www.stormready.noaa.gov
- Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center.
- Have more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public
- Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally.
- 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.