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AI-7753 4.A.5.       
Meeting Date: 09/28/2016  
Nueces County recognized by NOAA/National Weather Service as a StormReady Community
Submitted For: Danielle Hale Submitted By: Christopher Boyce, Emergency Management
Department: Emergency Management  

Receive presentation by NOAA/National Weather Service on Nueces County earning the StormReady Community designation.
The StormReady program helps arm America's communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property - before, during and after the event. StormReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen local safety programs. StormReady communities, counties, Indian tribal governments, universities and colleges, military bases, government sites, commercial enterprises and other groups are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through advanced planning, education and awareness. No community is storm proof, but StormReady can help communities save lives. StormReady uses a grassroots approach to help communities respond to extreme weather—from tornadoes to hurricanes. StormReady helps communities respond to hazardous weather by providing emergency managers with clear-cut guidelines on how to improve their hazardous weather operations. To be officially StormReady, a community must: 1. Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center 2. Have more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public 3. Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally 4. Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars 5. Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.

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