Madison County, Earns “StormReady” Designation

Storm Ready

Officials from the National Weather Service’s Louisville Warning and Forecast Office will declare Madison County, Kentucky as a StormReady® County at a November 27 ceremony.

WHAT: A brief ceremony to designate Madison County a National Weather Service StormReady® County. Madison County will be the fifty-fifth StormReady® designation in Kentucky.

WHEN: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 27, 2012.

WHERE: Madison County EOC
560 S Keeneland Dr
Richmond, KY

WHO: John Gordon, Meteorologist-in-Charge, Joe Sullivan, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, and Andrea Schoettmer, StormReady Program Leader from the Louisville National Weather Service office will present the StormReady® designation to Carl Richards, Madison County EMA Director, and other elected officials of Madison County.

John Gordon and Joe Sullivan be available for post-event interviews. A fact sheet regarding Madison County’s StormReady® County designation will be provided to media at the ceremony.

For more information about StormReady®, and other National Weather Service programs, please visit the NWS website at http://weather.gov, the StormReady® website at http://stormready.noaa.gov, or locally, the Louisville NWS website at http://weather.gov/Louisville.

Madison County, Kentucky is “StormReady”
by
Kelley McBride, Public Information Officer
Madison County EMA/CSEPP

The National Weather Service will award Madison County its designation as a “StormReady” County on Tuesday, November 27, 2012. A ceremony will be conducted at the Madison County Courthouse Fiscal Courtroom at 11:30 a.m.

To earn this designation certain systems, tools, and protocols must be in place to meet standards demonstrating a community’s commitment to creating an infrastructure to potentially save lives and property.

A community’s StormReady application is submitted to the National Weather Service who then forwards the application to an advisory board. A site visit to the community is conducted, and final approval may be awarded. Madison County’s application was submitted July 3, 2012.

Few Upgrades Needed
Madison County had many components for qualification in place due to the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP). Equipment such as sirens, weather radios (Advisor Alert Radios), and systems such as the Emergency Alert System (EAS) were already functioning within the county.

One required item was a series of rain gauges which provides weather and water monitoring information for the county. Agencies which housed the rain gauges were Kirksville Volunteer Fire Department, Waco Volunteer Fire Department, Richmond Fire Department Station #2, Berea Fire Department Station #2, White Hall State Historic Site, and Fort Boonesborough State Park.

“The process took quite a bit of collaboration among the National Weather Service, Madison County, and various other agencies reading rain gauges on a daily basis,” said Madison County Emergency Management Agency Director Carl Richards.

“The Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) gave us a good leg up toward meeting the requirements, and then we finished the process.”

Benefits of StormReady Designation
While there is no grant money associated with the StormReady designation, communities with the designation may receive Community Ratings System (CRS) points which may be applied toward insurance assessments. The process of achieving StormReady status helps the Madison County Emergency Operations Center in its assessment with the Kentucky Emergency Management Agency, according to Richards.

“This designation demonstrates how the county is continuing to do the right thing for the citizens in expending the effort and energy to make the county a safer place,” Richards said.

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