Mahaska County Renews its StormReady Status

On Feburary 6, 2014 Mahaska County completed a renewal of their StormReady status.  Mahaska  County completed a set of rigorous criteria necessary to earn the distinction of being StormReady®.  Mahaska County initially became StormReady three years ago in 2011.  

StormReady is a voluntary program that provides communities and universities with clear-cut advice from a partnership between local National Weather Service forecast offices and state and local emergency managers. To be recognized as StormReady, a community or college must:

  • Establish a 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
  • Create a system that monitors local weather conditions
  • Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars;
  • Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.

The National Weather Service congratulates Mahaska County on maintaining their StormReady status. 


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