Adams County, and the County Seat Hettinger, were recognized by the NWS (National Weather Service) as “StormReady”. A recognition ceremony was held at the Adams County Courthouse, in Hettinger, on January 7, 2014. 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 the people of Adams 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 Adams 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 Adams 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 20 are currently recognized "StormReady".
Pictured below are (from right) Nathan Heinert, NWS Bismarck, Kathy Vliem, County Commissioner, Pat Carroll, County Auditor/Treasurer, Chuck Christman, County Commission Chair, Gene Seamands, County Commissioner, Travis Collins, County Sheriff, Michele Gaylord, County Emergency Manager, Steve Turner, Hettinger Mayor.