Copiah County is Storm Ready

COPIAH IS A STORM-READY COUNTY because of training and agency coordination according to the National Weather Service in the presentation of this sign at the Board of Supervisors meeting March 10. From left are E911 Director Ricky Stevens, County Administrator Ronnie Barlow, Steven Wilkinson of the National Weather Service, Supervisors Kenneth Powell and Terry Channell, Emergency Management Director Randle Drane (holding sign), Supervisor Earl Dixon, Alan Gerard of the National Weather Service, S

Pearl – Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Womack announced today that another Mississippi county is StormReady.

Copiah County had a ceremony last Tuesday morning to receive their recognition from the National Weather Service. Mississippi now has 25 StormReady designations including 13 communities, 11 counties and the University of Southern Mississippi.

“We applaud the Copiah County officials for their dedicated effort to making their community safer for their citizens,” Womack said. “The StormReady designation shows a true commitment to disaster preparedness and saving lives and property of Copiah County residents.”

StormReady is a nationwide program of the National Weather Service that helps communities protect their citizens during severe weather and encourages communities to take a proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations.  In Mississippi there are over 20 communities that have already been recognized as StormReady.

To be recognized as StormReady, a community must:

•Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center.

•Have multiple ways 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.

 Copiah County officials held their ceremony at 10 a.m. last Tuesday at the Copiah County Board of Supervisors office in Hazlehurst.

“We have been working on this for two years and we’re excited to be declared a StormReady county,” said Randle Drane, emergency management director for Copiah County. “We continue improving the safety of our community.”

To learn more about the StormReady program visit www.stormready.noaa.gov.

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