Boone County has been recertified as a Storm Ready County, Emergency Mangement Coordinator Dave Morlan announced recently.


“We have been a Storm Ready County since 2012 and have to be recertified every three years,” Morlan said in a news release. “To achieve this, there are a lot of requirements to be met that most of you are not aware of.”


He said the county has to have multiple avenues to receive and send weather information in the Communication Center and the County Emergency Operations Centers. Local officials have to be able to monitor local weather and water gauges from multiple avenues and the county has to have a NOAA Weather Radio program that assures key facilities within the county have weather radios.


“We also have to have a certain amount of trainings internally and externally,” Morlan said. “The last and maybe most important is a Hazardous Weather Emergency Operations Plan which covers what is classified as hazardous weather, how to warn people if hazardous weather is approaching, who to contact to help monitor the weather and what to do if hazardous weather hits Boone County.


“This was not an easy certification to achieve and maintain,” he said. “Requirements to have multiple and redundant systems in place to make sure that our county and its citizens are notified and can take appropriate action during severe weather could not be done without multiple agencies working together. We should be proud and feel confident that Boone County has taken great strides to protect its citizens by being a Storm Ready County.”