SAUNEMIN IS PREPARED FOR SEVERE WEATHER
When it comes to severe weather preparedness, size doesn’t matter. The Chicago Area StormReady Advisory Board has certified Saunemin as a StormReady community. Saunemin, with a population of 450, is the smallest StormReady community in Illinois. A brief recognition ceremony took place at the Saunemin Village Trustee meeting on Tuesday May 10, 2011.
StormReady is a program developed by the National Weather Service (NWS), in cooperation with state and local emergency management agencies, to recognize communities, counties, or universities that have established outstanding severe weather preparedness plans. The certification requires;
· A 24-hour warning point and an emergency operations center that is manned during severe weather.
· Redundant methods of monitoring weather conditions, receiving warnings from the NWS, and disseminating warnings to the community.
· Trained severe storm spotters and established communications with NWS.
· Educational outreach programs.
· Tone activated NOAA Weather Radios in all public buildings.
Mayor Bob Bradford and Fire Chief Gary Swartz have ensured that the community met or exceeded all of the requirements of the StormReady program. NWS warnings are received from the internet, Weather Radio, and the Emergency Management Network . There are tone alert NOAA Weather Radios at the schools, the community building and the fire station. The community is notified of impending severe weather through outdoor warning sirens. Members of the Saunemin Fire Department attended a Skywarn Storm Spotter class in Pontiac this spring.
“StormReady communities are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through advanced planning, education and awareness,” says NWS Meteorologist in Charge Ed Fenelon.”
Saunemin is one of only 52 StormReady communities in Illinois. There were 1750 StormReady communities nationwide as of May 10.
The Chicago area local StormReady advisory board that oversees the program includes Jim Allsopp of the NWS office in Chicago/Romeoville, Dan Smith of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, and Curtis Hawk of Illinois Emergency Services and Management Association. For more information on StormReady, visit www.stormready.noaa.gov.
Pictured left to right; Ed Fenelon, Meteorologist in Charge, NWS Chicago, Carol Cantrall, Village Treasurer, Bob Bradford, Mayor, Jim Allsopp, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NWS Chicago, Nancy Haag, Village Clerk, Steve Schaffer, Trustee, Al Arnolts, Trustee, Dave Lowe, TrusteeReturn to News Archive