National Weather Service Presents Storm Ready Accreditation
to Judge Jenkins and Dallas County Commissioners
Dallas County Recognized as a “StormReady Community”
by the National Weather Service
Dallas – Dallas County was recognized today by the National Weather Service (NWS) as a “StormReady Community.” The StormReady program is a national community preparedness program that distinguishes entities for their work in advanced planning, education and awareness for hazardous weather situations. Upon receiving this award, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, who serves as the county’s emergency management director, stated, “Dallas County becomes the largest county in Texas with this designation and one of the 14% of Texas counties who have obtained this sought after certification. This recognition shows that Dallas County has gone above and beyond the call of duty.”
Tom Bradshaw, Meteorologist-in-Charge, WFO Dallas Fort Worth for the National Weather Service who presented the recognition to Dallas County, said that, “As we move toward the heart of our severe weather season here in North Texas, the National Weather Service greatly appreciates the emphasis that Dallas County - and Judge Jenkins - have placed on the StormReady program. Dallas County has taken important steps to ensure that they can quickly and effectively disseminate severe weather information from the National Weather Service to their citizens. Seconds save lives, and this kind of preparedness can make the difference if disaster strikes."
In order to be certified as StormReady, Dallas County had to meet several guidelines established by the NWS, and federal, state and local emergency management partners, including establishing a 24 hour warning point and emergency operations center, developing a formal hazardous weather plan, and having redundancies in weather reception equipment.
For more information please visit: http://www.stormready.noaa.gov/howto.htm .