Lauderdale County has been designated "StormReady" by the National Weather Service.
StormReady is a nationwide program of the weather service that helps communities protect their citizens during severe weather and encourages communities to take a proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations.
To be recognized as StormReady, a community must:
1. Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center,
have multiple ways to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public.
2. Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally and promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars.
3. Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.
There are more than twenty StormReady cities, counties and colleges in the state, according to Mississippi Emergency Management director Mike Womack.
“We are always telling the citizens of Lauderdale County that we are here to help them prepare and recover from disasters, but today we know that we’ve met the goals necessary to prove that to them,” said David Sharp, director of Lauderdale Emergency Management Agency.
A ceremony was also held Monday in Leake County, as it has also met these requirements.