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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.

Picture of ceremony.

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 Binghamton.

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:
  • 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.
For more Information on the StormReady program, check out the following web site:

    National Weather Service
    32 Dawes Drive
    Johnson City, New York 13790
    Warning Coordination Meteorologist: David Nicosia
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