Memories of the storms of April 27, 2011, linger and officials with EMA and Tennessee EMA are working with the National Weather Service to make sure everyone is aware that weather each day affects how we work or play.
EMA officials work hand in hand with National Weather Service meteorologists and media representatives to inform residents of Bradley County of impending inclement weather.
According to EMA Director Troy Spence, “This week has been named “Severe Weather Awareness” week and Bradley County is a ‘Storm Ready’ community.”
A number of points established by NWS defines a “Storm Ready” community.
n Local governments must establish a 24 hour warning point and Emergency Operations Center.
n The local EMA must have more than one way to receive weather warnings and forecasts.
n EMA’s must establish and utilize information outlets such as newsprint, television and radio in order to warn of severe weather.
n Utilize resources within the community such as Ham radio.
n Promotion of public readiness through schools, organized meetings, businesses and health facilities.
n Write and coordinate emergency services through a formal hazardous weather plan.
“I appreciate the effort of each emergency service agency, the school systems and the public as we all work together to prepare for and respond to severe weather in Cleveland and Bradley County,” said Spence, “I am confident we have a good plan in place to serve the needs of the community in case of another major weather event.”
Planning is also ongoing for a Weather Spotter’s class.
Last year, prior to the storms which raked through Bradley County killing nine people, approximatly 60 people attended the NWS/EMA event.
Bob Gault said he expects that number to grow this year.