Released By Osceola County Community Outreach/Public Information Office
The National Weather Service recently renewed Osceola County’s StormReady recognition through August 2021.
The renewal indicates that Osceola County continues to achieve a high level of community readiness in the event of a natural disaster.
“StormReady communities are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through advanced planning, education and awareness,” said Commission Chairman Fred Hawkins, Jr. “While no community is storm-proof, StormReady demonstrates our commitment to public safety – and it can help save lives in the event of an emergency.”
StormReady uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to handle all types of severe weather – including tornadoes and hurricanes. The program encourages communities to take a proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations by providing emergency managers with well-defined guidelines on how to improve operations.
The severe weather procedures currently in place in Osceola County far exceed the minimum requirements of the StormReady program, according to Emergency Management Director Bill Litton.
To be officially StormReady, a community must:
-Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center
-Have more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public
-Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally
-Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars
-Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises
“The StormReady program gives communities the skills and education needed to survive severe weather – before and during the event,” Litton said. “Storm Ready helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen their operations by ensuring that they have the tools needed to receive life-saving National Weather Service Warnings in the quickest time possible.”