On Monday, October 28th, 2013, Holland State Park was recognized as being StormReady® at a ceremony at the Park.
Jim Maczko, NWS Grand Rapids Warning Coordination Meteorologist, and Nathan Jeruzal, StormReady® Program Leader, presented a certificate and a letter to Jody Johnston and Erik Bailey from Holland State Park, to officially recognize them as StormReady®.
The nationwide community preparedness program uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to handle local severe weather and flooding threats. The program is voluntary and provides communities with clear-cut advice from a partnership between local National Weather Service forecast offices and state and local emergency managers. StormReady® started in 1999 with seven communities in the Tulsa, Okla., area. As of October 31, 2013, there were 2134 StormReady® Sites in 49 states, Puerto Rico & Guam.
To be recognized as StormReady®, a community must:
- Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center;
- Have more than one way to receive severe weather forecasts and warnings and to alert the public;
- Create a system that monitors local weather conditions;
- 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 is part of NOAA National Weather Service's working partnership with the International Association of Emergency Managers and the National Emergency Management Association.
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