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The National Weather Service Recognizes Otsego County, New York as StormReady
From left to right, Dave Nicosia, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service Binghamton,
Mike Basile, Deputy Coordinator Otsego County EMO, Kevin Ritton, Assistant Emergency Manager Otsego County.
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.