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Greybull Receives First StormReady Community Designation in Wyoming

        Officials from the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Riverton conferred StormReady designation upon the community of Greybull, Wyoming at a ceremony held Monday night, August 11, 2003.  The ceremony was held during the Greybull City Council meeting and was broadcast live on local cable television.

        The ceremony honored Greybull for achieving status as a StormReady Community, the first such designation in Wyoming.  Previously, only the counties of Laramie and Sheridan had been StormReady certified.  Chuck Farmer, WFO Riverton StormReady Program Leader, led off the ceremony by providing an overview of this important preparedness program.  Farmer highlighted the goal of the StormReady program, which is to ensure that communities are prepared to respond appropriately in the face of impending hazards.  MIC Joe Sullivan followed with a brief speech about the significance of Greybull (population 1,815) taking proactive steps to prevent loss of life and property due to hazardous weather.  Sullivan then presented Greybull Emergency Manager Mike Scott with StormReady road signs.  Typically, the road signs are placed on major arteries into StormReady designated communities.

Pictured from left to right are WCM Chris Jones, MIC Joe Sullivan, Greybull Emergency Manager Mike Scott, and WFO Riverton StormReady Program Leader Chuck Farmer.
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MIC Joe Sullivan (left) presents Greybull
Emergency Manager Mike Scott with one of two
StormReady road signs.
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        Greybull Emergency Manager Mike Scott detailed for the audience the hard work and effort that numerous individuals have given to ensure the safety of the town's citizens.  Scott has been directly involved in the installation of community warning sirens, cable and radio overrides, and the distribution of safety pamphlets.  Warning Coordination Meteorologist Chris Jones then presented Scott with a plaque for his dedicated effort in leading Greybull to StormReady certification.  The ceremony ended with a brief reception.  

        StormReady is designed to help community leaders and emergency managers strengthen local safety programs.  StormReady communities are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through better planning, education, and awareness.  No community is storm proof, but StormReady can help communities save lives.  Does StormReady make a difference?  See how it saved more than 50 movie goers in Van Wert, Ohio.

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