On January 28th, 2014, Hardin County in Kentucky was recognized as a StormReady county by the National Weather Service. In a brief ceremony at the Hardin County Fiscal Court meeting, Emergency Management Director Doug Finlay and County Judge/Executive Harry L. Berry accepted a StormReady road sign and documentation designating the county's status. NWS Louisville WCM Joe Sullivan and MIC John Gordon provided an overview of the significant weather hazards in central Kentucky, and acknowledged the partnership between Hardin County Emergency Management and the NWS, in ongoing preparedness activities and post-event damage surveys. Noting that StormReady is part of the National Weather Service's overall goal of creating a WeatherReady Nation, Gordon mentioned that snow storms, heat waves, and floods pose threats that can be mitigated by incorporating the same concepts of increased preparedness, situational awareness, and interaction with local NWS staff.
From left to right: Harry L. Berry (Hardin County Judge/Executive), Doug Finlay (Hardin County Emergency Management Director), John Gordon (NWS Louisville MIC), Ron Steve (NWS Louisville StormReady Program Leader), and Joe Sullivan (NWS Louisville WCM)