LaMoure County recognized as StormReady


LaMoure County was recognized by the NWS (National Weather Service) as “StormReady” on April 27, 2012. A recognition ceremony was held at the LaMoure County Courthouse, in LaMoure, on June 5. Photo below.

The United States is the most severe weather-prone country on Earth. Each year, on average, the United States in impacted by 10,000 thunderstorms, 2,500 floods, 1,000 tornadoes, and about 10 hurricanes. Every person is impacted, one way or another, and as was proven in 2011 when an EF3 tornado tore across 16 miles of the county, the people of LaMoure County are no exception. We cannot stop severe weather from occurring, it is inevitable. We can however, mitigate the damage and loss of life, and the "StormReady" program is designed to do just that.


"StormReady" is a NWS program that helps communities and counties, like LaMoure County, implement procedures to reduce the potential for disastrous weather-related consequences. StormReady encourages emergency managers to take a proactive approach to improve local hazardous weather operations and public awareness. The StormReady program also improves the timeliness and effectiveness of hazardous weather warnings issued by the NWS and provides recommendations and guidelines by which emergency managers can improve hazardous weather operations.


"StormReady" does not mean stormproof! "StormReady" means that LaMoure County is at a high state of readiness to deal with weather hazards when they strike.


The state of North Dakota is divided into 53 counties and of those 19 are recognized "StormReady".


Pictured below are (from right) John Paul Martin, NWS Bismarck, Kimberly Robbins, LaMoure County Emergency Manager, Nathan Heinert, NWS Bismarck, Victor Weigel, County Commission Chair, Bob Fernandes, Sheriff, Mitch Carlson, School Superintendent, Rich Kinney, NWS Bismarck, and Craig Good, Mayor.



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