Franklin County Receives StormReady® Certification

    Posted: 8/24/2015
    COLUMBUS – Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security (FCEM&HS) is happy to announce Franklin County has earned its StormReady® Certification from the National Weather Service. Ken Haydu, a meteorologist from the National Weather Service’s Wilmington office, will present FCEM&HS with its certification during the FCEM&HS Executive Committee Meeting on:

    WHEN:  Wednesday, August 26, 2015 – 9:30 a.m.

    WHERE: FCEM&HS, 5300 Strawberry Farms Blvd., Columbus.

    StormReady® is a “grass roots” program sponsored by NOAA’s National Weather Service that focuses on improving communication and severe weather preparedness in communities. The program provides communities with the skills and education to survive severe weather – before and during the event. StormReady® communities are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through advanced planning, education and awareness.

    To become StormReady® a community or county 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.

    “This is just another example of our pursuit to establish the Agency as the center of excellence and influence for emergency management and homeland security programs, said Michael R. Pannell, Director of Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security. “This certification has enhanced our ability to provide early public warning and effective response and recovery efforts for the citizens of Franklin County.”