Baca County is StormReady

Baca County and all of its incorporated communities have been designated StormReady .  Congratulations...certificates...and letters to the towns were presented at the County Commissioners Meeting on Thursday, February 18th. 

 

From left to right are Riley Frazee, Director of Emergency Management; Peter Dawson, County Commissioner;  Leroy England, Campo Fire Chief;  Bob Morrow, Walsh City Commissioner;  Glen Ausmus, County Commissioner;  Jennifer Stark,  NWS Pueblo Meteorologist-in-Charge;  and Rod Steinmetz, Mayor of Two Buttes.

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Through partnerships with other government agencies…and the local media…the National Weather Service issues public forecasts and warnings to fulfil the mission of protecting lives and property.

However, this is only a part of the process.  A National Weather Service program…called StormReady is a voluntary program which provides counties and communities with clear cut guidance regarding communications capabilities.

To be designated StormReady…a county or community must have…

- a 24-hour warning point (dispatch center)…

- several ways to receive severe weather forecasts and warnings to alert the public…

- a system that monitors local weather conditions…

- a countywide formal hazardous weather plan…which includes training severe weather spotters and holding  emergency exercises…and

- promotion of the  importance of weather safety through county meetings…

Having fulfilled all of these requirements…the towns of Campo…Pritchett…Two Buttes…Vilas…and Walsh have been designated StormReady.  These communities join the City of Springfield and Baca County, which were designated StormReady in April 2008.  This makes Baca County the first county in NWS Pueblo's area to have the county and all incorporated communities designated StormReady.  Congratulations to the County Commissioners…Baca County Division of Emergency Management...Law Enforcement...and Fire Departments who have taken the steps necessary to designate these communities StormReady. By continuing to work together…we have the hope of keeping weather-related hazards from becoming weather disasters.

Being StormReady means a county or community has a strong communications ability…both to receive severe weather watches and warnings from the National Weather Service…and then to disseminate that information throughout the county and communities.  One key communication link is NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards. Receivers with alarms are the surest way to protect your family and those for whom you are responsible. We encourage the use of this potentially life-saving device.  Across southern Colorado there are nine NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards weather radio transmitters…including one in Springfield in Baca County.

- Tom Magnuson, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NWS Pueblo, CO   (last updated 2/19/10)



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