Mesa County is StormReady Certified !
A ceremony was conducted at the Old Mesa County Courthouse in Grand Junction, Colorado, on January 14th to recognize Mesa County having recently achieved StormReady certification under the leadership of Mesa County Emergency Manager Andy Martsolf.
Pictured from left to right: Warning Coordination Meteorologist Jim Pringle, County Commissioner Steven Acquafresca, County Commissioner John Justman, Mesa County Emergency Manager Andy Martsolf, Meteorologist-In-Charge Ben Moyer, County Commissioner Rose Pugliese
(Photo provided by Heather Benjamin from Mesa County.)
The National Weather Service’s StormReady program helps community leaders and residents better prepare for hazardous weather and flooding. StormReady counties have made a strong commitment to implement the infrastructure and systems needed to save lives and protect property when severe weather strikes.
More specifically, the StormReady program helps communities to establish and document the most efficient means for receiving weather information, as well as maximizing warning notification resources for the people within their jurisdiction. One of the immediate benefits of this action was Mesa County’s development of emergency message templates provided to the Grand Junction National Weather Service forecast office which allowed the rapid issuance of evacuation messages during the Pine Ridge wildfire near De Beque in the summer of 2012.
During the January 14th StormReady ceremony, Ben Moyer, Meteorologist-In-Charge of the Grand Junction National Weather Service forecast office, presented county officials with a certificate and a special StormReady sign.
According to Moyer, “Mesa County can experience a variety of weather hazards, including winter storms that are common in the higher elevations, and thunderstorms with lightning, strong outflow winds, and flooding during the warm season. Mesa County has a strong network of highly dedicated emergency services personnel who work tirelessly to protect the people of Mesa County.”
Mesa County Emergency Manager Andy Martsolf stated, “Meeting the standards required for the StormReady certification could not have been achieved without the collaboration of several community partners. Through the participation of School District 51, the Grand Junction Regional Communications Center, and local SKYWARN volunteers Mesa County was able to achieve StormReady standards."
Mesa County is the fifth county/community on Colorado’s west slope to achieve the StormReady certification. The StormReady recognition is valid for three years and can be renewed.
Additional information about the NWS StormReady program can be found at http://www.stormready.noaa.gov//Return to News Archive