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Guideline 1: Communications & Coordination Center
24 Hour Warning Point
To receive recognition under the StormReady Program, an applying agency will need to have a 24-hour warning point (WP) that can receive NWS information and provide local reports and advice. Typically, this might be a law enforcement or fire department dispatching point. For cities or towns without a local dispatching point, a county agency could act in that capacity for them.
The warning point will need to have:
Emergency Operations Center
Each "community" must be support by an emergency operations center (EOC). Communities less than 15,000 people can be supported by a county-based EOC, but larger communities will need their own EOC. The EOC will need to be staffed during hazardous weather events and, when staffed, would assume the warning point's hazardous weather functions.
The following summarizes the weather-related roles of an EOC:
Real-time reports to NWS
There must be a history that severe weather storm reports are passed along to the La Crosse NWS office in real-time. A StormReady community will ensure spotter reports are passed along to the NWS because this improves the warning process.