County Certified StormReady

County Certified StormReady

In the County Commissioners Meeting on October 31, John Latimer, Director of the Division of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) and David Manning, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Sterling Virginia Office presented a certificate and plaque certifying Washington County as a StormReady County.
Washington County is only the sixth jurisdiction in Maryland to qualify for the status. StormReady is a nationwide community preparedness program that 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 NWS forecast offices and state and local emergency managers. The certification is based on a number of criteria, including backup communication systems, emergency planning, the presence of NOAA weather radios in all schools, and staffing requirements. StormReady began in 1999 and now has more than 1,080 StormReady communities across the country.