Bullitt County, Kentucky Designated StormReady
At a brief ceremony held June 30, 2014 in the county courthouse in Shepherdsville, Bullitt County, Kentucky was officially recognized as a StormReady County.
Judge-Executive Melanie Roberts joined Bullitt County Emergency Management Deputy Director Marke Richardson in accepting StormReady road signs and documentation designating the county's status. NWS Louisville WCM Joe Sullivan provided a short overview of the StormReady program and reviewed some of the more significant severe weather events seen in Bullitt county in recent years, including the devastating F4 tornado of 1996. NWS Louisville MIC John Gordon then took the floor to present Richardson with a certificate acknowledging the county's preparedness activities, highlighting the importance of NOAA Weather Radio receivers and local warning dissemination in the county. Noting that StormReady is part of the National Weather Service's overall goal of creating a WeatherReady Nation, Gordon mentioned that ice 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.
After Gordon presented Richardson with a certificate and letter recognizing his efforts, Judge-Executive Roberts spoke of the city/county cooperation that not only resulted in the StormReady designation, but provided numerous other benefits to residents of the northern Kentucky community as well.
(L-R): Marke Richardson (Bullitt Co. EMA Deputy Director), Melanie Roberts (Judge-Executive), John Gordon (MIC, NWS Louisville), Jessica Tomaszewski (Student Intern, NWS Louisville), Joe Sullivan (WCM, NWS Louisville)
(L-R): Marke Richardson (Bullitt Co. EMA Deputy Director), Melanie Roberts (Judge-Executive)