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Sept. 15, 2004

Oswego County Is Officially Ready for Stormy Weather

Oswego County residents are used to dealing with severe weather, massive snowstorms, ice storms, and flooding. Now the county is an officially designated "StormReady" community by the National Weather Service.

The designation means that the National Weather Service has approved Oswego County's plans and procedures to handle local severe weather and flooding threats. Stan Levine, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Buffalo, visited Oswego and presented a proclamation and road signs to Legislature Chairman Russ Johnson Tuesday, Sept. 14.

"StormReady encourages counties to take a new, proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations and public awareness," said Levine. "New York and Oswego County have a long history of severe weather and it is the goal of StormReady to reduce the impact of severe weather in the state."

Legislature Chairman Johnson said the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, RACES amateur radio operators, and the Oswego County E-911 Program Office worked closely together to meet criteria for the designation. He thanked the RACES members for initiating the project.

"No place is storm proof, but we can be prepared to handle the ravages of Mother Nature," said Chairman Johnson. "Our emergency response agencies have a long history of working together in drills and in disasters. The people of Oswego County have good reason to be comfortable in our ability to deal with weather emergencies."

To be recognized as StormReady, a 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; and
  • Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training weather spotters, and holding emergency exercises.

"Oswego County will continue to utilize its resources to receive and disseminate hazardous weather information as noted in its application for certification for StormReady status," said Patricia Egan, Oswego County Emergency Management Director. "Through a collaborative effort among the National Weather Service, E-911, RACES and Emergency Management, Oswego County received this certification as an affirmation of its commitment to emergency preparedness."

For more information, call the Emergency Management Office at 591-9150 or visit the National Weather Service website at www.stormready.noaa.gov

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