County Recognized for Emergency Preparedness by the National Weather Service
November 9, 2017
Cleburne County Administrator and Director of Emergency Management Steve Swafford announced today that in a continued effort to increase safety for all Cleburne County residents, the National Weather Service (NWS)recertified Cleburne County as a StormReady community on Monday November 6, 2017. The StormReady program helps provide communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property before, during and after a weather-related event. StormReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen local safety programs.

"The StormReady designation reaffirms Cleburne County’s commitment to preparedness, and highlights the strong working partnerships between our public safety agencies," said Mr. Swafford. "I thank the National Weather Service for recognizing our high level of readiness and unwavering dedication to the safety of our residents."

To be recognized as StormReady, communities must meet guidelines established by the NWS in partnership with federal, state and local emergency management officials. Specifically, a community is required to:
  • Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center;
  • Have multiple methods to receive and disseminate severe weather warnings and information for their community;
  • Have various methods to monitor weather conditions locally;
  • Promote the importance of public readiness;
  • Develop a formal hazardous weather action plan, including severe weather spotter training and drills.
"While no community can ever be stormproof, being StormReady means that Cleburne County has multiple ways to receive and disseminate warnings to key officials, first responders and to the public. Cleburne County has done everything that it can do to be prepared and protect its citizens and visitors," said Ryan Robertson, Cleburne County Probate Judge and long-term Chairman of the Cleburne County Commission.

StormReady uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to handle all types of severe weather - from tornadoes to hurricanes. 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.

"We're very proud of this achievement," said Swafford.  "Our office places a premium on effective communication during all weather-related incidents, and receiving this distinction from the National Weather Service validates those efforts."