The National Weather Service has re-certified Dallas Center as a designated StormReady® community. The announcement was made on July 17 by Jeff Johnson, Warning Coordination Meteorologist from the National Weather Service in Johnston; and Barry Halling, Dallas County Emergency Management Coordinator.
Dallas Center originally became StormReady® certified in 2008 after completing a set of rigorous criteria necessary to earn the designation. To be recognized as StormReady®, a community must:
• Establish a 24 hour warning point and emergency operations center
• Have more than one way to receive severe weather forecasts and warnings and to alert the public
• Create a system that monitors local weather conditions
• Promote the importance of public severe weather readiness
• Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises
“Severe weather is by far the greatest natural disaster risk our community is exposed to year-in-and-year-out, so we feel it’s important that Dallas Center be prepared for those situations,” according to Dan Case, assistant EMS chief with Dallas Center Fire & Rescue. “The StormReady® program provides a good framework for us to better prepare the community for those types of events.”