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Greybull Receives First StormReady Community
Designation in Wyoming
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.
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.
from left to right are WCM Chris Jones, MIC Joe Sullivan, Greybull
Emergency Manager Mike Scott, and WFO Riverton StormReady Program Leader
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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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