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Erie County Recognized as "Storm Ready"

Officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service announced Monday that Erie County has been recognized as “storm ready.” 

The following is information provided by Erie County:

The County had to meet a set of rigorous criteria to receive the designation.  The County’s Emergency Services Department established a 24 hour warning point and emergency operations center, developed numerous ways to receive severe weather forecasts and to alert the public, created a system to monitor local weather conditions and developed a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises. 

County Executive Chris Collins said, “Our Emergency Services Department in Erie County, led by Commissioner Greg Skibitsky, regularly trains for all types of emergency situations and natural disaster responses.  Their impressive response to the October storm of 2006 and the floods in Gowanda last year in August are a testament to the value of that training.  I’m proud to agree with the National Weather Service that Erie County is storm ready, and I’d like to thank them for this designation.” 

Erie County is the first Western New York County to receive this recognition.  In all, 17 counties in New York State are considered storm ready.  For more information, visit http://www.stormready.noaa.gov/.

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