Shawn Harley, Meteorologist-in-Charge for NWS Jackson, KY (right) presents StormReady® Certificates to Libby Furlong, Park Manager at General Burnside State Park (left) and Dave Jordan, Park Manager at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park (middle).
Pictured left to right: Ben Sizemore, Park Manager at Levi Jackson State Park, Stephen Eastin, Park Manager at Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Rick Fuller, Park Manager at Kingdom Come State Park, and Elaine Walker, Commissioner for Kentucky Division of Parks.
On Tuesday July 9th, the National Weather Service formally recognized five of Kentucky's State Parks as being StormReady® Supporters. Cumberland Falls State Resort Park and General Burnside State Park were recognized at a ceremony held at the lodge at Cumberland Falls, and Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Levi Jackson State Park and Kingdom Come State Park were recognized at a ceremony held at the lodge at Pine Mountain State Resort Park.
To become a StormReady® State Park, National Weather Service and Kentucky State Park officials developed a severe weather safety plan specifically tailored to each park. Park personnel were educated about the weather hazards they may face and how to respond in the event of a weather emergency. Storm shelters were identified and procedures were implemented which allows severe weather alerts and information to be passed along to park visitors and staff in a timely manner.
Lake Cumberland State Resort Park was the first state park in the nation to earn the StormReady® Supporter designation back in April 2010. Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Dale Hollow State Resort Park, Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Grayson Lake State Park, Carter Caves State Resort Park and Greenbo Lake State Resort Park have since also earned the designation, and the goal is for all 48 of Kentucky's State Parks to become StormReady® by the end of 2013.
StormReady®, a program started in 1999 in Tulsa, OK, helps arm America's communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property, before and during a severe weather event. No community is storm proof, but StormReady® can help communities save lives. For more information about the StormReady® program please visit http://www.stormready.noaa.gov/.