Be Prepared
Is your community prepared for severe weather? If you are not sure, or you are interested in how to prepare, read below.
Hot Spring County is StormReady
StormReady is a nationwide program designed to encourage communities to take a proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations. The goal is to prepare communities for severe weather so that life and property may be better protected. On November 27, 2012...Hot Spring County became a StormReady community.


Here are a few attendees of the StormReady ceremony in Malvern (Hot Spring County).
In the picture: Those attending the ceremony included (from left to right) Tim Riley from the office of U.S. Senator John Boozman, Hot Spring County Judge Bill Scrimshire, National Weather Service Little Rock Meteorologist in Charge Renee Fair, Hot Spring County Emergency Manager David Ratcliffe, Hot Spring County Deputy Emergency Manager and 911 Coordinator Robin Halbert, and Arkansas Department of Emergency Management Area Coordinator Teresa Smith.

A ceremony was held in Malvern (Hot Spring County) to celebrate the StormReady achievement. Attendees included government officials, the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) and the National Weather Service.

It is appropriate that Hot Spring County became StormReady given a propensity for severe weather in the area. Interstate 30 runs through the county, with at least two historic tornado outbreaks along the highway. In 1997, an F4 tornado tracked from Arkadelphia (Clark County) into the county during the March 1, 1997 outbreak. Several tornadoes were spawned in the county on January 21, 1999. This event featured 56 tornadoes statewide, which is the largest outbreak in Arkansas history.

To become eligible for StormReady recognition, Hot Spring County had to meet several criteria such as establishing a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center, having multiple ways of receiving severe weather information, a means to monitor weather conditions and disseminate local warnings, and developing a formal hazardous weather plan (such as holding emergency exercises). is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.