Oelwein, IA to be Recognized as StormReady - Tonight
NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) will recognize the city of Oelwein, IA in Fayette County as one of the federal agency’s StormReady communities tonight. Recognition will be made to city officials at a city council meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Oelwein City Hall.
StormReady encourages communities to take a proactive approach to improve preparedness and public awareness activities related to local hazardous weather. The nationwide community preparedness program uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to handle local severe weather and flooding threats, in addition to recognizing their preparedness and hard work.
The program is voluntary, and provides communities with clear-cut advice from a partnership with the local Weather Service Office, state, and local emergency managers. StormReady was started in Tulsa, Okla., in the late 1990s as a local effort to educate residents about storm safety.
To be certified as StormReady, a community must:
• have an established 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center;
• have more than one way to receive severe weather forecasts and warnings and to alert the public;
• have systems that monitor local weather conditions;
• promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars;
• have formal hazardous weather plans, which includes training severe weather spotters and conducting emergency exercises.
The La Crosse National Weather Service office congratulates Oelwein on being StormReady.
More information on the StormReady program is located via this link at: http://www.stormready.noaa.gov/
Other StormReady communities or supporters in the area include:
- Edgewood, IA
- Eyota, MN
- Dover, MN
- Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN)
- Spring Valley, MN
- Hillsboro, WI
- Viroqua, WI
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