San Juan County is StormReady
San Juan County is StormReady Certified !
A ceremony was conducted at the San Juan County courthouse in Silverton, Colorado, on November 14th to recognize the work by Emergency Manager Kristina Maxfield and Deputy Emergency Manager Michael Maxfield to make San Juan County StormReady certified.
The StormReady program helps community leaders and residents better prepare for hazardous weather. StormReady counties have made a strong commitment to implement the infrastructure and systems needed to save lives and protect property when severe weather strikes.
The high elevation of San Juan County makes it particularly vulnerable to winter storms, avalanches and strong wind events during the cold season, as well as numerous thunderstorms with frequent lightning during the warm season.
According to San Juan County Emergency Manager Kristina Maxfield, “Due to the remoteness of San Juan County, not only have the emergency service departments worked hard to protect the citizens and visitors of San Juan County, but so have all of our community partners. I feel we have built a strong whole-community atmosphere that will serve us all well, not only in good times, but when major weather events hit our county.”
Kristina Maxfield is not only an emergency manager, but also part of a FEMA team which travels to help people recover in areas of the United States which have experienced major storm damage. Kristina was unable to attend the StormReady ceremony, since several days earlier Kristina was deployed by FEMA to the northeastern states impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
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Additional information about the NWS’ StormReady program can be found at http://www.stormready.noaa.gov//
From left to right: Lead Forecaster Tom Renwick, San Juan County Deputy Emergency Manager Michael Maxfield, Warning Coordination Meteorologist Jim Pringle, and Meteorologist-In-Charge Ben Moyer.