Jackson County was recognized as the Coast’s first StormReady County by the National Weather Service (N.W.S.) Office of New Orleans/Baton Rouge during the June 16th board meeting.
The County’s Office of Emergency Services worked for nearly two years to meet the twelve required guidelines for successful participation in the program. The population-based guidelines fall under six categories: Communication, National Weather Service Information Reception, Hydrometeorological Monitoring, Local Warning Dissemination, Community Preparedness, and Administrative.
“The County’s participation in this program is important to us because it lets our residents know that we are committed to safety and preparedness,” says Jackson County O.E.S. Director, Earl Etheridge.
This designation may also help lower National Flood Insurance Program costs for the county and its residents.
The StormReady program is voluntary and recognition is valid for three years. For more information regarding the StormReady program visit www.stormreadynoaa.gov.