ROCKFORD (WREX) — For the 10th straight year, the City of Rockford has been re certified as a StormReady Community by the National Weather Service.
The city’s emergency preparedness team is led by the Rockford Fire Department.
StormReady communities are better prepared to save lives from severe weather through advanced planning, education and awareness.
The program encourages communities to take a new, proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations by providing emergency managers with clear-cut guidelines on how to improve their hazardous weather operations.
Here are the qualifications for a community to be considered StormReady:
- Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center
- Have more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public
- Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally
- Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars
- Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises
The city was first certified StormReady in 2010 and has been re-certified every year since then.